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Dr. Sommers, PLSA Program Academic Director, is exploring tools for first responders to combat the Opioid epidemic.
Opioid misuse is a major public health concern with 116 people dying from opioid-related drug overdoses each day (USDHHS, 2017). In Arizona, the number of possible opioid overdoses reported weekly ranges from 103 to 270 with 5,810 suspected overdoses reported between June 15, 2018 and February 8, 2018 (Arizona Department of Health Services, 2018). The proposed project is an innovative, solution-driven, and practical approach to addressing the opioid crisis.
The goal of this research is to create a mobile application for use with community members who engage with first responders in emergent overdose-related situations. Working with community stakeholders, research staff will utilize pilot data to inform a National Institutes of Health, Multi-Site Pilot & Feasibility Study for System-Level Implementation of Substance Use Prevention and Treatment Services (R34) which will be followed by its companion R01. This exploratory/developmental application to the Watts College of Public Service & Community Solutions seeks three phases of support: (1) an initial phase of exploratory work to determine community stakeholder needs, (2) a phase dedicated to the development of a tertiary prevention prototype known as FR-BRIEF or First Responders - Bridging Response in Evidence-basedFacilitation of services for people who misuse opioids, and (3) a final pilot phase dedicated to training and testing the FR-BRIEF application.
Project Period: May 2018 - December 2018
Funder: ASU Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions