Research Priorities - Substance Use Disorder
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  • Apr 20 2022

More than two years into the University of Kentucky’s $87 million HEALing Communities Study (HCS) to address the opioid epidemic in Kentucky, it is possible to see the life-changing impacts it has already made in the eight counties of the study’s first wave.

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  • Apr 18 2022

Experts on the front lines of the nation’s opioid and addiction crises will share their work in the field of opioid use disorder research, treatment and prevention this week at the 2022 Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit in Atlanta April 18-22.

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  • Apr 5 2022

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department’s Board of Health has selected University of Kentucky Professor Sharon Walsh, Ph.D., as a 2022 Dr. Rice C. Leach Public Health Hero.

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  • Mar 4 2022

Research from University of Kentucky faculty and students working to reduce the burden of substance use disorders in Kentucky and beyond was showcased at UK's Substance Use Research Event (SURE).

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  • Oct 6 2021

Opioid overdose death rates increased by 40% among non-Hispanic Black individuals between 2018 and 2019, according to study results published in the American Journal of Public Health this September.

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  • Aug 11 2021

The projects support SUPRA’s mission to prevent and reduce the burdens of substance use disorders.

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  • Jun 4 2021

UK’s HEALing Communities Study and Voices of Hope are teaming up for the free virtual June Learning Collaborative, “Come as You Are: Transformational Housing.”

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  • Dec 8 2020

“I’m looking forward to enhancing screening and management of substance use disorders in our primary care practice at the Polk-Dalton Clinic. This will increase access to treatment for many patients, and we will also be able to improve education for our medical students and residents who rotate through the clinic.”

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  • Nov 16 2020

The research team will recruit 800 Black American nonmedical prescription opioid users and interview them to develop an understanding of the characteristics associated with their drug use and treatment use.

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  • Nov 11 2020

Wasp dope is a crystalline substance created by electrifying pyrethroid-containing substances – such as wasp sprays – that may give users a methamphetamine-like “rush.” Recent reports have highlighted the emergence of this new drug as an issue of concern, research into the substance is so far lacking.