Identifying and Informing Strategies for Disrupting Drug Distribution Networks: An Application to Opiate Flows in Pennsylvania

Peter Forster

Sponsoring Agency
National Institute of Justice


The project studies the heroin, fentanyl, and other drug distribution networks in urban and rural Pennsylvania counties to maximize law enforcement and community efforts to disrupt the supply of illegal opioids.

The research explores the opioid distribution networks in six counties known for drug trafficking along the interstate highway system. The project will analyze police administrative and intelligence data with community information to model these distribution networks. Findings will be used to identify effective opioid interdiction techniques that uncover unknown members of the network and tie them to areas of high drug activity.

Research Area
Health and Bioinformatics
Social and Organizational Informatics