Researchers in Nevada, and throughout the world, are doing important and innovative multidisciplinary research in substance use behavior and policy, with a focus on improving health outcomes among people who use substances and a focus on harm reduction/minimization.
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Karla Wagner, PhD, University of Nevada, Reno, School of Public Health
The Mobile Emergency Recovery Intervention Trial (MERIT) is a grant-funded research study that is evaluating the effectiveness and long-term outcomes of an ER-based intervention for opioid overdose patients treated in Nevada’s Emergency Departments (EDs). The research is currently ongoing.
- “It’s Gonna be a Lifeline”: Findings From Focus Group Research to Investigate What People Who Use Opioids Want From Peer-Based Postoverdose Interventions in the Emergency Department
- “Another tool for the tool box? I’ll take it!”: Feasibility and acceptability of mobile recovery outreach teams (MROT) for opioid overdose patients in the emergency room
- Emergency department-based peer support for opioid use disorder: Emergent functions and forms
- The mobile emergency recovery intervention trial (MERIT): Protocol for a 3-year mixed methods observational study of mobile recovery outreach teams in Nevada’s emergency departments
Jeanette Bowles, PhD, University of California San Diego, Division of Infectious Diseases and Global Public Health
For new members of 12-step programs like Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous, naloxone can still seem like a symbol of drug use, according to new research. This can cause some people looking to kick drugs through these large abstinence-based fellowships—NA, for example, holds 70,000 weekly meetings in 144 countries, according to a 2018 survey—to decline to carry the overdose-reversal drug, seeing it as a relic of a past life.
University of Nevada, Reno, School of Public Health & University of New Mexico Health Sciences
The USA is experiencing increases in methamphetamine use and methamphetamine-related or attributed deaths. In the current study, we explore qualitative narratives of methamphetamine overdose and strategies used by people who use drugs to reduce the undesirable effects associated with methamphetamine use.