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The Center for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment

College of Public Health

State Funded Projects

APRIL 2017
Community Pharmacist Engagement in HCV/HIV Prevention funded by the ETSU Research Development Committee (RDC) in April 2017

The aims of this project are to:

1) qualitatively evaluate community pharmacists’ non-prescription syringe dispensing knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors by conducting 15 key informant interviews with licensed, community pharmacists across three states; and

2) quantitatively evaluate Northeast Tennessee, Southwest Virginia, and Western North Carolina community pharmacists’ non-prescription syringe dispensing knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, and behavior via a telephone survey of 300 randomly selected community pharmacists. 

This research will provide preliminary data for NIH proposals that explore syringe dispensing feasibility and intervention studies in non-metro areas. Engagement of community pharmacists in HIV/HCV prevention could have significant public health impact in our region and beyond.


JANUARY 2016TBR grant to conduct research related to prescription stimulant misuse on college campuses to Dr. Rajkumar Sevak, inaugural fellows at the Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy at East Tennessee State University.

The purpose of this study is to determine the prevalence of non-medical use of prescription stimulants on campuses as well as to identify risk factors for the misuse and specific areas where interventions for reducing the misuse can be developed. The project will include an electronic survey of students at approximately a dozen community colleges in Tennessee. Please click here for more information. 


APRIL 2014Improving Tennessee Health Care Providers' Understanding of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

The purpose of this study is to inform the State's understanding of Tennessee prescriber and dispenser knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors specific to prescription opioid use in pregnancy and NAS prevention by conducting methodologically rigorous, theoretically based survey of TN prescribers and dispensers in NE TN.

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