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From America’s Warriors To Victims Of Its Opioid Epidemic

March 18, 2018 Researcher: Alex Bennett

A 2017 study on Afghanistan and Iraq war veterans who had overdosed found that the transition to illicit, risky drugs like heroin was driven in part by the growing scarcity of prescription opioids, said Alex Bennett, a program director of the Opioid Overdose Prevention Program at National Development and Research Institutes who authored both this paper and the 2013 study that interviewed “Joel.” If veterans can’t stretch their limited opioid prescriptions until their next refill, some supplement that prescription with street drugs. ...READ MORE

Court-mandated Opioid Rehab Rarely Meets Medical Standards

December 4, 2017 Researcher: Andrew Rosenblum

...the findings add to evidence that people in the criminal justice system receive substandard opioid addiction treatment, said Andrew Rosenblum, executive director of the National Development and Research Institutes (NDRI), a New York-based think tank. While approaches like peer counseling and psychotherapy may help patients recover from addiction, they’re often not enough ...READ MORE

Public Shaming of Drug Addicts Doesn't Work, Experts Say

November 20, 2017 Researcher: Janie Simmons

Despite the prevalence of substance use, much of the public views drug addiction as not “a disease of despair, but of moral failure,” explains Janie Simmons, EdD, founder and director of Get Naloxone Now. “This idea that addiction is a moral issue is the dominant paradigm that we have in this country,” Simmons told Healthline. “And that paradigm perpetuates stigma, and we know that stigma keeps people from effective treatment more than it leads them to it.” ...READ MORE

Hurricanes drive addiction issues into public square

September 9, 2017 Researcher: Andrew Golub

The problems of alcoholism and addiction become more public in a storm, said researcher Andrew Golub of the National Development and Research Institutes in New York, who studied illicit drug users in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. “During a storm, it becomes harder to hide and cope with one’s addiction in private,” Golub said ...READ MORE

After Tiger Woods Stumbles, Solid Ground Beckons

May 30, 2017 Researcher: Andrew Rosenblum

Andrew Rosenblum, executive director of the National Development and Research Institutes, suggested that Woods could benefit from professional help, be it a psychiatrist or psychologist. Woods loves insider jargon — remember when he talked about activating his glutes? — so here are a couple of new ones that Rosenblum said that Woods might consider: medication-assisted treatment or motivational interviewing, a clinical conversation about change ...READ MORE

New Program Aims to Prevent Drug Overdoses Locally

March 30, 2017 Researcher: Janie Simmons

A new program spearheaded by Dr. Janie Simmons, a medical anthropologist and Principal Investigator for the National Development and Research Institute (NDRI), is hoping to help locals do just that by providing naloxone, an emergency medication that blocks or reverses the effects of an opioid overdose, for free ...READ MORE

New Program Targets Opioid Addiction Epidemic on Rockaway Peninsula

March 27, 2017 Researcher: Janie Simmons

Dr. Janie Simmons has spent her professional career working to prevent overdoses in some of the most vulnerable populations. But her latest project — educating her own neighborhood about the overdose reversal drug naloxone — could be her most difficult ...READ MORE

Heroin and Pill Overdoses Claim Immigrant Victims, Catching Families Off Guard

July 21, 2016 Researcher: Honoria Guarino

According to a June 2015 study of young adults in Brooklyn whose families had emigrated from the former Soviet Union, most of them began using “within a social setting with peers after school,” said Honoria Guarino, the principal investigator. Once primed, some stole prescription drugs ...READ MORE

Virginia awakening to campus drug problems, looking for solutions

December 13, 2015 Researcher: Alexandre Laudet

The lead author of the study, Alexandre B. Laudet, said in an email message that she believes drug overdose deaths on college and university campuses are “grossly underreported.” “It’s a well-kept secret, and secrets kill,” said Laudet, director emeritus of the institute’s Center for the Study of Addictions and Recovery. ...READ MORE

Sex for Opioids: A Hidden Epidemic

August 17, 2017 Researchers: Pedro Mateu-Gelabert & Lauren Jessell

"Our results are alarming," lead author Lauren Jessell, LMSW, of the National Development and Research Institutes (NDRI) in New York City, told Medscape Medical News. "In our qualitative interviews with our participants, we were taken aback by how often we discovered they were involved in sexual violence." ...READ MORE

Florida Legislation Aimed at Opioid Abuse Tied to Dip in Prescriptions

August 17, 2015 Researcher: Andrew Rosenblum

Andrew Rosenblum, executive director of the National Development and Research Institutes, a non-profit health group based in New York, told Reuters Health by email that in addition to pill mill and prescription monitoring laws, other strategies for cutting opioid overuse include educating patients about risks and ...READ MORE

Opiate Overdoses Fall after Debut of Abuse-Resistant OxyContin

April 20, 2015 Researcher: Andrew Rosenblum

Still, the study findings add to a growing body of evidence linking the tamper-resistant version of OxyContin to a decline in misuse, said Dr. Andrew Rosenblum, director of the Institute for Treatment and Services Research at ...READ MORE

The Relationship Between the U.S. Military and the CrossFit Program

December 16, 2014 Researcher: Carlos Poston

The NIH awarded the $2.52 million grant to Dr. Katie Heinrich and Dr. Walker Poston based on their proposal to study if a CrossFit-inspired exercise program can reduce obesity in a test group of soldiers based in Fort Leavenworth ...READ MORE

Could Navy Submarine Smoking Ban Lead Military to Quit?

September 8, 2014 Researcher: Carlos Poston

Smokers’ wounds take longer to heal, their run times are slower, and they have higher rates of injury and post-traumatic stress disorder, said Poston, from the National Development and Research Institutes in Leawood, Kansas ...READ MORE

10 Percent of Gay Craigslist Ads Seek Men Who Don’t Identify as Gay

March 26, 2014 Researcher: Martin J. Downing

Eric Schrimshaw, PhD, at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and Martin J. Downing, Jr., PhD, of the National Development and Research Institutes started with 1,200 personal ads on Craigslist because, in their own words, “[I]t is publicly accessible, highly trafficked, free-of-charge, and ...READ MORE

Pittsburgh Needle Exchange Program Lobbies to Open New Sites

August 5, 2012 Researcher: Sam Friedman

Samuel Friedman, director of AIDS research at the National Development and Research Institutes in New York, said the medical evidence is unambiguous: "It shows in basic terms that needle exchange reduces HIV transmission. In New York it basically broke the back of the epidemic ...READ MORE

The Women Greece Blames for its HIV Crisis

July 25, 2012 Researcher: Sam Friedman

And it's not just within Greece's border that experts are worried about. Samuel R Friedman, director of HIV/Aids research at the National Development and Research Institutes Inc in New York, warns that unless Greece – with the help of the rest of Europe – pulls itself ...READ MORE

When the Addiction Isn't to Drugs

April 20, 2009 Researcher: Alexandre Laudet

“Addiction is addiction,” says Alexandre B. Laudet, PhD, director of the Center for the Study of Addictions and Recovery (C-STAR) at the National Development and Research Institutes (NDRI) in New York CityLaudet explains that while there are different terms for subtypes of addictions, the behavior of addicts is often the same whether they are lying and stealing to get money for drugs or for something that might be deemed less harmful, like ...READ MORE

Making a 12-Step Program Part of Your Addiction Treatment

April 20, 2009 Researcher: Alexandre Laudet

“Generally people with more severe problems are more likely to go and more likely to be helped. Someone who can lick the problem on their own, which by definition means they are not medically diagnosable, won’t go,” says Alexandre Laudet, PhD, director of the Center for the Study of Addictions and Recovery at the National Development and Research Institutes in New York City ...READ MORE

Stay Clean, Earn Prizes

February 7, 2006 Researcher: Lisa Marsch

Dr. Lisa A. Marsch, a researcher with the National Development and Research Institutes, runs a program at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York that offers teenagers medication, counseling and reward vouchers for testing clean for drugs like heroin. "It can be a very powerful technique," she said ...READ MORE

A Drug Feared in the '70's Is Tied to Suspect in Killings

April 6, 2003 Researcher: Stephen Sifaneck

Stephen Sifaneck, an ethnographer who does field research for the nonprofit National Development and Research Institutes, said that he has not seen evidence of a surge in PCP use. But, he remembered, after PCP got a bad name in the 70's, it quickly resurfaced in powder form falsely labeled as ''THC,'' the active ingredient in marijuana ...READ MORE

Heroin's New Generation: Young, White and Middle Class

March 23, 2003 Researcher: Bruce D. Johnson

''One of the loudest messages to avoid heroin and crack weren't the ads, but kids growing up seeing their moms or dads, close relatives, getting strung out on these drug,'' said Bruce Johnson, who works with the National Development and Research Institutes, monitoring drug use among arrested suspects. ''The aversion to needles is especially strong among young minority men.'' ...READ MORE

Drug Treatment in Prisons Dips as Use Rises, Study Finds

January 6, 1999 Researcher: Bruce D. Johnson

Bruce Johnson, the director of the Institute for Special Populations Research at the National Dvelopment and Research Institutes in New York, a nonprofit research organization, said, "The drop in substance abuse treatment reflects a systematic decision to reduce these treatment programs and the need to use the space for inmates." ...READ MORE

Decline of Violent Crimes Is Linked to Crack Market

December 28, 1998 Researcher: Bruce D. Johnson & Andrew Golub

Bruce Johnson and Andrew Golub, scholars at the National Development and Research Institutes in New York City, showed the critical role of crack in leading violent crime up and then down. When crack arrived in New York in 1985, it created a huge new market, for users and dealers, because unlike heroin, it was sold in small amounts that provided an intense but short­lasting high that required users to ...READ MORE

Drop in Homicide Rate Linked to Crack's Decline

October 27, 1997 Researcher: Andrew Golub & Bruce D. Johnson

Another study, by Andrew Golub and Bruce Johnson, of the nonprofit National Development and Research Institutes in New York, found a steep decrease in crack use among young people being sent to jail in places like Manhattan, Washington and Detroit, starting in the late 1980's. In Manhattan, the rate of detected crack use among juveniles admitted to jail dropped to 22 percent in 1996 from 70 percent in 1988. In Washington, that rate declined ...READ MORE

Where Has Your Neighborhood Drug Dealer Gone?

August 17, 1997 Researcher: Andrew Golub & Bruce D. Johnson

The authors of the study, Andrew L. Golub and Bruce D. Johnson of the National Development and Research Institutes, a nonprofit New York City think tank, said the percentage of people arrested between the ages of 18 and 20 who tested positive for cocaine or crack use dropped even more sharply, to 28 percent in the first half of 1997 from 34 percent in 1993 and 70 percent in 1988 ...READ MORE

N.Y. Crack Epidemic ppears to Wane

May 31, 1993 Researcher: NA

One such group is the National Development and Research Institutes Inc. (NDRI), a Manhattan organization that has been studying crack use in Harlem and Washington Heights for several years under contract from the National Institute of Drug Addiction. The NDRI estimate, based on tracking a group of dealers in upper Manhattan, is that crack use probably peaked here in the mid-1980s and has sharply contracted in recent years. ...READ MORE

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