Researching the service and treatment needs of injection drug users

Historically, drug treatment programs have been unable to attract or retain injection drug users (IDUs) in treatment. Yet, one third of all AIDS cases in the United States are directly or indirectly related to injection drug use and ample data demonstrate that IDUs in treatment substantially reduce their risk of contracting HIV/AIDS and their HIV/AIDS-related risk behaviors. The Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) has provided funding for a study in Massachusetts that assesses the service gaps and substance abuse treatment needs of African-American and Caucasian IDUs. This grant supports the expansion of the data collection in the CSAT study to: (1) examine the link between IDUs' utilization of treatment services and changes in drug use and HIV/AIDS behavior over time; and (2) include a study of a rural Massachusetts IDU population. The study will include analysis of medical information system data, medical utilization and hospitalization data, and data from the state's Bureau of Substance Abuse Services. In addition, 300 in-person interviews and follow-up interviews will be conducted with IDUs. The project presents an opportunity to gather data that could help increase the success of IDUs in substance abuse treatment.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $339,261.00

Awarded on: 8/21/2000

Time frame: 9/1/2000 - 8/31/2004

Grant Number: 38634


Boston University School of Social Work

264 Bay State Road
Boston, 02215-1403

Maryann Amodeo
Project Director


Lena M. Lundgren
Project Director