Drug Researchers' Roundtable: New Interventions for Young Adults in NYC Using Opioids

New York, NY

Dr. Honoria Guarino will present her findings from a six year NIDA-funded research study examining opioid use patterns (including non-medical use of pharmaceutical opioids and the use of heroin) among various groups of young adults (ages 18-29) in NYC.

The discussion will be presented in two parts. The first part will focus on key findings from her observational research, including common trajectories by which nonmedical opioid use is initiated and progresses in this group of young people, risk factors for escalation to more serious patterns of use and major health risks associated with opioid use, including overdose and hepatitis C infection. The second part of the talk will focus on some new prevention and harm reduction efforts their group has been developing and evaluating, including a face-to-face small group intervention to prevent hepatitis C infection among young people who inject opioids and a mobile phone app to help prevent escalation of opioid use and transition to regular injection among  opioid-using youth.