Preventing Injection: An M-health Intervention that Leverages Social Networks To Prevent Progression to Injection among Young Opioid Users

Principal Investigator: Michelle Acosta

Opioid use disorders (OUD) are present in approximately 2.6 million Americans, at an estimated annual cost of $55 billion, with escalation in rates of OUD being most pronounced among youth. Many young opioid users demonstrate a rapid transition to injection drug use (IDU), which is associated with significant risks (e.g., overdose, HIV/HCV); yet there is virtually no research on how to prevent or halt this transition. Our proposed mHealth intervention to prevent progression to IDU among young opioid users (18-29), may have tremendous impact on improving access, acceptability, and potency of opioid use interventions for youth.

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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.

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