The Center for Biomedical Research Excellence on Opioids and Overdose (COBRE)
The COBRE builds local and national capacity to fight the opioid epidemic by supporting and promoting cutting edge research on opioid use disorder treatment and overdose prevention.
The COBRE funds emerging Rhode Island researchers providing them with research support services and helps them connect their work to the local community and policymakers.
The Lifespan/Brown Criminal Justice Research Training Program on Substance Use, HIV, and Comorbidities
Involvement with the criminal justice (CJ) system, substance use, and infection with HIV and hepatitis C virus (HCV) are syndemic in the United States. Criminal justice-involved persons are disproportionately substance users and are more likely to be infected with HIV, HCV, have underlying mental health disorders, and be marginalized from community health resources compared to those who are not involved with the criminal justice system.
To address this public health disparity and increase the number and capacity of clinical scientists working with justice-involved populations, we have established The Lifespan/Brown Criminal Justice Research Program on Substance Use, HIV, and Comorbidities.
This two-year training program is led by an experienced team of clinical investigators from Lifespan/Brown University conducting research related to substance use, HIV, and associated comorbidities among criminal justice populations both locally and across the nation. This program is designed to prepare participants for NIH-funded research careers in the field.
Prison Opioid Project
The opioid overdose epidemic in the United States continues to be an urgent public health crisis. In 2017, alone, over 70,000 deaths in the United States were attributable to drug overdose, the majority of which involved opioids. Justice-involved populations are disproportionately affected by opioid overdose, and an estimated one-third of individuals who use heroin are also justice involved.
A multi-faceted web-based resource was developed to advance the field by providing practical information to corrections stakeholders and others looking to implement treatment programs for justice-involved individuals.
Preventing Overdose And Naloxone Intervention (PONI)
Preventing Overdose and Naloxone Intervention (PONI) is a Miriam Hospital program that partners with community agencies across the state to provide training and tools (including intramuscular naloxone) needed to reverse an opioid overdose.
In 2019, PONI partnered with 50+ organizations to provide overdose education and naloxone distribution to 3,500 Rhode Islanders and distributed almost 14,000 naloxone doses.