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Understanding the Individual and Social Network Characteristics of Opiate Users in Rural Pennsylvania
This pilot project will explore the individual, community, and peer network characteristics of those who use heroin and who misuse prescription pain relieves in Allegheny, Fayette, Greene, and Washington counties in Pennsylvania. Results from this project will help to understand more fully the mechanisms through which peer networks influence opiate abuse behaviors, including initiation, progression, frequency/severity of use, and entries into substance abuse treatment.
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Identifying and Informing Strategies for Disrupting Drug Distribution Networks: An Application of Community Policing to Opiate Flows in Pennsylvania
This project seeks to understand, describe, and disrupt networks of illicit sales of opiates from a public safety perspective in partnership with Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, The Center for Rural Pennsylvania, and local treatment facilities. This project will help to understand hotspots of drug distribution and access, while addressing the utility of community based policing in addressing this complex issue.
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Share Your Opioid Story: A Collaboration between Independence Blue Cross Foundation, The Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, and Penn State University
This project will tell the individual stories of the opiate crisis in the Philadelphia Region, addressing the stigma associated with opioid addiction.
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