Development of an Online Best-Practice Resource for Opioid Overdose and HIV/HCV Prevention among Opioid Users in Disaster and Emergency Contexts

Principal Investigator: Andrew Rosenblum

Disasters place disproportionate stress on disadvantaged populations who more readily experience resource loss and health risks during emergencies. Currently several million Americans misuse prescription opioids and heroin, and that number continues to rise as the U.S. faces one of the worst opioid abuse epidemics in its history.Opioid misusers including more than 400,000 opioid treatment program (OTP) patients receiving medication-assisted therapy (MAT) constitute a particularly vulnerable population, and yet disaster research and planning research has only recently begun to address the considerable public health risks faced by these individuals and their communities when services are disrupted.

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          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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