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Providence/Boston Center for AIDS Research Substance Use Research Core

The Providence/Boston Center for AIDS Research Substance Use Research Core (CFAR SURC) is the only CFAR Core in the nation that focuses specifically on the intersection of substance use and HIV. The SURC is composed of 16 faculty members, who are leaders in the field of substance use and HIV research, and is led by co-Directors Christopher […]

Congratulations to Dr. Sara Becker!

Sara Becker, PhD, Associate Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences and of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, has won the 2020 G. Alan Marlatt Mid-Career Research Award from the Addictive Behaviors group of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. Dr. Becker was a COBRE Research Project Leader studying contingency management as a way to improve patient […]

Medication-assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder in Rhode Island: Who Gets Treatment, and Does Treatment Improve Health Outcomes?

By Mary A. Burke and Riley Sullivan “Since the early 2000s Rhode Island has been among the states hardest hit by the opioid crisis. In response, the state has made it a priority to expand access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder (OUD), which refers to the use of the FDA-approved medications methadone, buprenorphine, and/or naltrexone […]

“The stakes are life and death”: Addiction treatment’s Covid-19 challenge

The government eased access to drug addiction treatment during the pandemic. Now that could go away. When the Covid-19 pandemic forced much of the US to lock down in the spring of 2020, officials and experts worried the necessary social distancing measures would make another public health crisis — the opioid epidemic — worse. Addiction treatment is traditionally done […]

Promising findings from a study on the effect of long-term buprenorphine use for opioid use disorder

“Findings from this study and previous clinical trials of long-acting, injectable formulations of buprenorphine for opioid use disorder have shown this medication can decrease opioid use and opioid-related overdose deaths. This study found that greater utilization of this medication was associated with less opioid use and higher probability of opioid abstinence, improved or maintained low […]

The COBRE on Opioids and Overdose is thrilled to welcome its newest Pilot Awardees, Dr. David Sobel and Dr. Brendan Jacka.

Brendan Jacka, PhD, is an Investigator in Epidemiology at the Centers for Epidemiology and Environmental Health at Brown University. His pilot project, titled, “Trauma and stressor-related disorders among layperson opioid overdose responders”, seeks to understand the traumatic effects of responding to a drug overdose on community member responders in Rhode Island. This study is one of […]

Dr. White Hughto Led Study that Found Association Between Negative Media Portrayals of Transgender People and Adverse Mental Health Outcomes

Coverage by PRWeb, November 23,2020 Assistant Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Epidemiology, Jaclyn White Hughto led a study that found that frequent exposure to negative depictions of transgender people in the media was significantly associated with clinical symptoms of depression, anxiety, global psychological distress, and post-traumatic stress disorder in this population. Study is […]