Funded Projects

Project # Project Title Research Focus Area Research Program Administering IC(s) Institution(s) Investigator(s) Location(s) Year Awarded
1R01DA057655-01
Implementing and Evaluating the Impact of Novel Mobile Harm Reduction Services on Overdose Among Women who use Drugs: The SHOUT Study Translation of Research to Practice for the Treatment of Opioid Addiction Harm Reduction Approaches to Reduce Overdose Deaths NIDA JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY SHERMAN, SUSAN G Baltimore, MD 2022
FOA Title: HEAL Initiative: HEAL Data2Action Data Infrastructure Support Center
FOA Number: RFA-DA-22-046
Summary:

This project will evaluate a previously developed harm reduction intervention that addresses the needs of women who use drugs in an urban environment. The approach uses a mobile van to offer naloxone, fentanyl test strips, and other harm reduction supplies – along with necessities such as food and clothing, brief trauma-informed counseling, and referrals to drug treatment, medical care, and social services. This research aims to test the impact of an intervention that may increase access to harm reduction services for women, as well as assess how to put it into place.

1R01DA057654-01
Expansion of Mail-Delivered Harm Reduction Services in the U.S. Translation of Research to Practice for the Treatment of Opioid Addiction Harm Reduction Approaches to Reduce Overdose Deaths NIDA WEILL MEDICAL COLL OF CORNELL UNIV BEHRENDS, CZARINA NAVOS New York, NY 2022
FOA Title: HEAL Initiative: Harm Reduction Policies, Practices, and Modes of Delivery for Persons with Substance Use Disorders (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)
FOA Number: RFA-DA-22-046
Summary:

Harm reduction supplies include fentanyl test strips that allow people who use drugs to identify whether the substance(s) they plan to take contain fentanyl and sterile syringes that help to prevent the spread of infectious diseases among people who inject drugs. One potential way to increase access to harm reduction supplies is mail delivery. This project will describe state-level policies that deter the use of mail-based delivery of harm reduction services, examine characteristics of people who use mail-based harm reduction services, and assess individual preferences related to mail-based harm reduction services.

1R01DA057633-01
Teaching Harm Reduction in Vulnerable Environments (THRIVE): A Peer-Led Intervention Bridging Acute Care Settings and the Discharge to the Community Translation of Research to Practice for the Treatment of Opioid Addiction Harm Reduction Approaches to Reduce Overdose Deaths NIDA UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH WILSON, JACQUELINE DEANNA Pittsburgh, PA 2022
FOA Title: HEAL Initiative: Harm Reduction Policies, Practices, and Modes of Delivery for Persons with Substance Use Disorders (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)
FOA Number: RFA-DA-22-046
Summary:

People who use drugs often have other medical problems that cause them to visit an emergency department frequently. This project will develop and test an intervention aimed at reducing health risk among Black people who use drugs that visit an urban emergency department for care. The intervention will be delivered by people with lived experience of drug use and tailored to meet the unique needs of Black people who use drugs.

1R01DA057613-01
Assessing the Reach, Effectiveness, and Implementation of Multiple Harm Reduction Interventions Translation of Research to Practice for the Treatment of Opioid Addiction Harm Reduction Approaches to Reduce Overdose Deaths NIDA RESEARCH TRIANGLE INSTITUTE KRAL, ALEXANDER H Research Triangle Park, NC 2022
FOA Title: HEAL Initiative: Harm Reduction Policies, Practices, and Modes of Delivery for Persons with Substance Use Disorders (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)
FOA Number: RFA-DA-22-046
Summary:

Numerous harm reduction strategies are available to reduce the harmful consequences of drug use. Examples include syringe services programs that provide sterile syringes, easy access to naloxone, and fentanyl test strips that may help people identify whether the substance(s) they plan to take contain fentanyl. This project aims to evaluate the use and effectiveness of several strategies in an urban environment as well as determine the openness and commitment of providers to offering them. 

1R01DA057682-01
A Network-Based, Mixed Methods Study to Identify and Support Multiple Overdose Responders and Inform Overdose Prevention Interventions Translation of Research to Practice for the Treatment of Opioid Addiction Harm Reduction Approaches to Reduce Overdose Deaths NIDA UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA RENO WAGNER, KARLA D Reno, NV 2022
FOA Title: HEAL Initiative: Harm Reduction Policies, Practices, and Modes of Delivery for Persons with Substance Use Disorders (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)
FOA Number: RFA-DA-22-046
Summary:

While some people who use drugs do not carry or use naloxone, others respond to multiple overdoses over short periods of time. This project aims to identify characteristics and experiences of these individuals, known as “overdose responders,” toward better understanding barriers to naloxone use. The research will also test interventions to support the well-being of responders and to increase the number of community members ready and willing to give naloxone to reverse overdose. 

1R01DA057651-01
Culturally Response Integrated Harm Reduction Services for Black and Latinx People Who use Drugs Translation of Research to Practice for the Treatment of Opioid Addiction Harm Reduction Approaches to Reduce Overdose Deaths NIDA NEW YORK UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE JORDAN, AYANA New York, NY 2022
FOA Title: HEAL Initiative: Harm Reduction Policies, Practices, and Modes of Delivery for Persons with Substance Use Disorders (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)
FOA Number: RFA-DA-22-046
Summary:

There has been a substantial increase in overdose deaths among Black and Hispanic/Latino people who use drugs. This project will test and evaluate delivery of harm reduction services from a mobile van. A community-based care coordinator will assess the specific needs of each participant (such as housing, food assistance, and mental health treatment) toward the goal of linking each person to appropriate services.

1R24DA057611-01
RTI HEAL Harm Reduction Network Coordination Center Translation of Research to Practice for the Treatment of Opioid Addiction Harm Reduction Approaches to Reduce Overdose Deaths NIDA RESEARCH TRIANGLE INSTITUTE OGA, EMMANUEL AJA; CANCE, JESSICA DUNCAN Research Triangle Park, NC 2022
FOA Title: HEAL Initiative: Harm Reduction Policies, Practices, and Modes of Delivery for Persons with Substance Use Disorders: Coordination Center (R24 Clinical Trial Optional)
FOA Number: RFA-DA-22-042
Summary:

This project creates the HEAL Harm Reduction Network Coordination Center, which will provide support to the nine research studies in the HEAL Harm Research Reduction Network. The center will provide administrative and logistical help; support data harmonization and data sharing; involve stakeholders in all network activities; and share research findings and other products with researchers, practitioners, stakeholders, and the general public. 

1R01DA057665-01
Promoting Remote Harm Reduction and Secondary Services in Rural Settings (PROMOTE) Study Translation of Research to Practice for the Treatment of Opioid Addiction Harm Reduction Approaches to Reduce Overdose Deaths NIDA UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO PHO, MAI TUYET; MACKESY-AMITI, MARY ELLEN Chicago, IL 2022
FOA Title: HEAL Initiative: Harm Reduction Policies, Practices, and Modes of Delivery for Persons with Substance Use Disorders (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)
FOA Number: RFA-DA-22-046
Summary:

Access to harm reduction services are often limited in rural areas. Secondary distribution is a potentially promising strategy for rural areas that involves people sharing harm reduction supplies such as naloxone or fentanyl test strips with other people who use drugs that do not come into contact with harm reduction service providers. This project aims to examine drug use and use of harm reduction services among people in rural communities, as well as highlight factors that make people more or less likely to use secondary distribution approaches.

1R01DA057645-01
Mobile Health Strategies to Support Longitudinal Engagement in Harm Reduction Services Translation of Research to Practice for the Treatment of Opioid Addiction Harm Reduction Approaches to Reduce Overdose Deaths NIDA UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON WESTERGAARD, RYAN PATRICK; COCKERHAM, LESLIE R; SEAL, DAVID W Madison, WI 2022
FOA Title: HEAL Initiative: Harm Reduction Policies, Practices, and Modes of Delivery for Persons with Substance Use Disorders (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)
FOA Number: RFA-DA-22-046
Summary:

Research is needed to better understand how to make life-saving harm reduction services more accessible to populations that are hard to reach. This project will identify the physical and psychological factors that make harm reduction services most effective. The findings will then be used to inform the development, implementation, and testing of an innovative strategy consisting of several internet- and smartphone-based tools designed to improve access to harm reduction services for people who are hard to reach. 

1R01DA057670-01
Peer Engagement in Methamphetamine Harm-Reduction with Contingency Management (PEER-CM) Translation of Research to Practice for the Treatment of Opioid Addiction Harm Reduction Approaches to Reduce Overdose Deaths NIDA OREGON HEALTH & SCIENCE UNIVERSITY KORTHUIS, PHILIP TODD Portland, OR 2022
FOA Title: HEAL Initiative: Harm Reduction Policies, Practices, and Modes of Delivery for Persons with Substance Use Disorders (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)
FOA Number: RFA-DA-22-046
Summary:

Despite substantial increases in overdose deaths among people who use methamphetamine, little is known about how to effectively provide harm reduction services to these individuals. This project will combine and test two harm reduction interventions for people who use methamphetamine. First, peer recovery support specialists will help identify personal harm reduction goals. The project will also test the value of incentives toward achieving these goals (a strategy known as contingency management).