Social Determinants of Opioid Use: Establishing a Research Agenda to Inform Community and System Level Interventions

Wed, 9/9/2020 - 9:30am - 3:45pm


The virtual event is FREE and open to the public, but registration is required. Registrants will watch the event via Zoom. 

Workshop Synopsis
Social determinants of health are conditions in which people are born, live, learn, work, play, worship, and age that affect a wide range of health and quality-of-life outcomes and risks that include environmental factors, complex interrelated social structures, and economic systems that shape these outcomes. While a multitude of social determinants influence opioid and other substance use outcomes (see LINK), this workshop will largely focus on social and community determinants which include, but are not limited to, social isolation, bias and discrimination, interpersonal violence, social capital, and collective efficacy.

This workshop will bring together experts in opioid and other drug use, social epidemiology, developmental science, health disparities, health policy, and interventions for socially and economically marginalized communities.  Participants will identify research gaps and priorities to advance our understanding of how social determinants impact opioid and other drug use, and explore opportunities for high-impact, scalable strategies to intervene on malleable factors to prevent and improve opioid and other drug use outcomes.


September 9, 2020

  • Welcome and opening remarks
  • Keynote address: Relationship of social determinants to early drug use, opioid and psychostimulant use, polydrug use, and injection drug use
  • Session 1: Framework: Understanding the role of social and community factors in the context of past and present inequities
  • Session 2:  Mechanisms: Pathways of influence of social determinants on opioid-related outcomes
  • Session 3: Interventions: Strategies to intervene on social factors at the interpersonal, community, and system levels
  • Session 4: Adoption and scale-up: Moving social interventions to practice to reduce opioid use and other drug use disorders
  • Meeting summary and next steps

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