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The nature and challenge of alcohol and drug use in the United States continues to change rapidly, evolving in reaction to myriad social, economic, and local forces. While the use of illicit drugs affects every region of the country, most of our current information about drug use comes from large urban areas.

While the use of illicit drugs affects every region of the country, most of our current information about drug use comes from large urban areas. Data on rural drug use and its harms justify greater attention. Record overdose rates, unexpected outbreaks of HIV, and a dearth of treatment facilities point to a rapidly worsening health situation. While health sciences have made considerable progress in understanding the etiology of drug use and uncovering the link between drug use and its myriad associated harms, this promising scientific news has not always translated to better health outcomes. Similarly, alcohol use and abuse has been part of American history since its founding, and continues to affect individuals and households in rural as well as urban areas. Our approach involves seeing these issue in the widest possible lens, as individual and single community issues reflect larger national and global processes.

Recent Blog Posts for Substance Use & Addiction

The RDAR Symposium on Substance Use Research will be held virtually this year on NOVEMBER 9-13, 2020 The Symposium will be co-hosted

REACH Lab Publishes First Policy Brief "Investing in the Safety and Health of Nebraska Communities Through the Authorization and Implementation

REACH researcher Roberto Abadie recently led a new publication on establishing trust among people who inject drugs when researching HIV

Since 2014, REACH researchers have been working on ground-breaking investigations into rural injection drug use in Puerto Rico. With the lab's community

REACH researchers Roberto Abadie, Bilal Khan, and Kirk Dombrowski recently contributed to a paper published in the December issue of Drug

Members of the REACH lab published a paper in Substance Use and Misuse in November titled "Injection Partners, HCV, and

Funded Projects:

Funding for research in this are includes “Using Respondent Driven Sampling to Reach High Risk, Hard to Reach Populations for HIV Testing and Link to Care”  (PI R Baker, Brooklyn AIDS Task Force) funded by the New York Health and Hospitals Corporation;  “Injection Drug User Network Topologies and HIV Stabilization Dynamics” NIDA RC1 DA028476-01; “Preventing HIV Transmission by Recently-Infected Drug Users” (PI Samuel Friedman, NDRI) NIDA Avant Garde Program DP1 DA034989; “Developing Effective Proximal Care to Prevent Rural Alaska Native Youth Suicide” (PI Lisa Wexler, U Mass Amherst) NIMH R34 MH096884; “Injection Risk Networks in Rural Puerto Rico” NIDA R01 DA037117; and “Qungasvik (Toolbox): Prevention of Alcohol/Suicide Risk in Alaska Native Youth” (PI Stacy Rasmus UAF) NIAAA R01 AA023754.