Community Vulnerability and Responses to Drug-User-Related HIV/AIDS

Principal Investigator: Samuel R. Friedman

This project will estimate changes in injection and non-injection drug use, in HIV, AIDS and AIDS mortality rates among injection drug users, and in drug- and HIV-related interventions among drug users, in 96 large metropolitan areas over a 21-year period (1992 - 2012). We will investigate how these epidemics and interventions affect one another, and how macro-contextual factors like economic and social conditions shape them both. We will identify metropolitan areas in which serious drug use, HIV or AIDS epidemics are emerging, and offer state and local health departments and drug agencies the best information available on policies and programs that might reduce these epidemics. Our findings will also help national public health agencies, including the CDC and SAMHSA, and other researchers, plan a mixture of evidence-based programs and policies to reduce the forces that lead to high-risk drug use and the associated HIV and AIDS epidemics.

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  • About NDRI
          Since 1967, National Development and Research Institutes, Inc. (NDRI), a private, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, has conducted substance use and other bio-behavioral research nationwide and throughout the world.

          Drawing on the expertise of our interdisciplinary professional staff and our partners such as medical centers, treatment and prevention programs, universities, CBOs, industry and government NDRI has advanced public health across diverse populations including high-risk and underserved persons, uniformed services, youth and veterans.

          In addition to its focus on addiction, NDRI, organized under specialized institutes, has generated scientific discoveries associated with infectious diseases (particularly HIV and Hepatitis C), overdose, chronic pain, prevention of cardiovascular disease and cancer, tobacco control and criminal justice.


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