Substance Use & Abuse; Hidden Populations; Qualitative Research Methods.
The City of Lowell will use a two-pronged approach to intervene in the lives of opioid overdose survivors and to provide early intervention to children impacted by opioid overdoses.Palacios, W.R. (School of Criminology), Morabito , M.S. (School of Criminology), Toof, R. (Center for Community Research & Engagement ), Bond, B. (Suffolk University ), Wall, M. (Center for Community Research & Engagement )
The Lowell PEer Education and Risk Reduction (PEERRs) Services is a University of Baltimore-Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) research & evaluative initiative facilitating a collaborative effort between academic institutions (The Tufts University School of Medicine, UMass Lowell-Center for Community Research & Engagement), community-based harm reduction programs, and local public health and public safety officials. Lowell PEERRs builds on existing public health & public safety collaborative efforts, and enhances harm reduction services through expanded syringe services and overdose prevention in the City of Lowell, MA. Palacios, W.R. (School of Criminology), Toof, R. (Center for Community Research & Engagement ), Wall , M. (Center for Community Research & Engagement ), Stopka , T. (Tufts University School of Medicine )
Funding will be used to form multi-disciplinary action groups consisting of local, state, and federal criminal justice professionals in addition to state and local health authorities as well treatment providers. Action group members may include (but are not limited to): district attorney’s office, state or local health department, state medical and pharmacy boards, police and sheriff departments, probation and parole, local drug treatment providers, and community organizations. The action groups will collect data from various sources such as medical examiners, emergency rooms, crime data, and other relevant sources that can help to corroborate PDMP data as well as provide additional information to help pinpoint specific locations within the county that are at-risk for prescription drug abuse and drug overdose deaths. Grant activities should focus on data sharing arrangements, data collection, and analysis. Project plan should describe the type of strategies to be developed and the areas (e.g., prevention, treatment, regulatory activity, enforcement) in which the action group plans to have impact to address prescription drug abuse rates in a defined jurisdiction(s). It is anticipated that grantees will determine best practices for sharing data, establishing effective policy and regulatory schemes, supporting investigations, treatment intervention, and prevention efforts for at-risk individuals and communities. Palacios, W.R. (School of Criminology), Toof, R. (Center for Community Research & Engagement ), Wall , M. (Center for Community Research & Engagement )
A CDC-funded qualitative epidemiological surveillance initiative with colleagues from Boston Medical Center, Northeastern University, and the New England HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area) field office. The project's aims are:
1. To describe exposure to, use of, and protective behaviors associated with fentanyl among people who use drugs in Massachusetts.
2. To assess the impact of policy responses being evaluated by the Prevention for States Massachusetts grant, namely the Good Samaritan Act and opioid prescribing restrictions, from the perspective of the active drug user.
Palacios, W.R. (School of Criminology), Green , T. (Boston University Medical Center ), Stopka, T. (Tufts University School of Medicine ), Case , P. (Northeastern University )