State Funded Projects
Leveraging the Workplace for Substance Abuse Prevention: Stakeholder Perspectives of Barriers and Facilitators to Implementing Comprehensive Programs
The goal of the project is to identify gaps in comprehensive drug-free workplace programs in worksites in Tennessee, with a focus on barriers and facilitators to implementing these programs. The project will integrate qualitative (i.e., interviews) and quantitative (i.e., survey) methods, apply theory, and target the perspectives of worksite stakeholders. The resulting preliminary data will be critical in pursuing external funding to test strategies to increase the implementation of comprehensive drug-free workplace programs.
Fentanyl-Related Overdose Risk Among Central Appalachian Heroin Using Populations: A Qualitative Study
The ETSU Center for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment proposes a qualitative study that utilizes behavioral theory and community-based methods to build a model of fentanyl-related overdose determinants, which will be used in subsequent studies to develop a culturally relevant, intervention to reduce fentanyl-related overdose rates in the region.
The aims of this study are:
Aim #1: Use of group model building to qualitatively examine factors influencing fentanyl-related overdose risk in Central Appalachian heroin user communities.
Aim #2: Validation and refinement of model through one-on-one interviews with recovering heroin users in Central Appalachia.
We anticipate the results of this study will be integral to prevention, treatment, and harm reduction efforts to reduce the rising burden of fentanyl-related mortality in the region.
Community Pharmacist Engagement in HCV/HIV Prevention funded by the ETSU Research Development Committee (RDC)
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.
TBR 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.
Improving 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.