In confronting opioid crisis, researchers to test neighborhood-based interventions, fentanyl test strips

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — With opioid drug overdose deaths skyrocketing in recent decades, researchers at Brown University’s School of Public Health are confronting the epidemic in multiple ways. Two new five-year grants from the National Institutes of Health, totaling $6.8 million, will expand those efforts.

The first will launch a partnership with the State of Rhode Island that will result in neighborhood-based intervention strategies across the state’s cities and towns informed by a new predictive forecasting model. The second will enable researchers to evaluate the effectiveness of test strips used to detect fentanyl, a highly potent prescription opioid often used to lace other heroin or cocaine, but hard for drug users to detect. READ MORE