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Brett Wolfson-Stofko
Brett Wolfson-Stofko, PhD
National Development and Research Institutes, Inc. - Research Scientist
Education
PhD, Biochemistry, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
BA, Neuroscience, University of Delaware
Research Interests
Supervised injection facilities, Public injection, Overdose, Opioids, Naloxone, Hepatitis C, Hepatitis B, HIV, Harm reduction, Risk environment, Injection drug use, Drug policy, Occupational safety
BIO
Brett Wolfson-Stofko received his PhD in Biochemistry from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and his bachelor’s in Neuroscience from the University of Delaware. He previously worked at BOOM!Health, a syringe exchange and health service provider in the South Bronx, coordinating a clinical trial to evaluate the efficacy of a 3-in-1 HIV/HCV/HBV rapid test. Prior to BOOM!Health, he volunteered with New York Harm Reduction Educators assisting in mobile syringe exchange throughout the Bronx. His current research focuses on injection drug use occurring in public bathrooms and strategies that can reduce harm to the people who use drugs in these environments, the employees who maintain these public bathrooms, and the broader community. He designed an overdose response and naloxone administration training program specific to the needs of service industry employees that includes safe sharp disposal and verbal de-escalation strategies. He is also an outspoken advocate for the operation of supervised injection facilities (SIF) (also known as supervised consumption spaces (SCS) and overdose prevention centers (OPC)).
Projects
Principal Investigator, Risk Reduction Intervention to Address Injection Drug Use in Public Bathrooms. Completed
Publications

Recent

Bennett AS, Watford JA, Elliott L, Wolfson-Stofko B, Guarino H (2019).
Military veterans’ overdose risk behavior: Demographic and biopsychosocial influences
Addictive Behaviors [Epub 2019 Jun 25]. doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2019.106036.

Elliott L, Bennett AS, Wolfson-Stofko B (2019).
Life after opioid-involved overdose: Survivor narratives and their implications for ER/ED interventions
Addiction [Epub 2019 Mar 9]. doi: 10.1111/add.14608.

Bennett AS, Elliott L, Wolfson-Stofko B (2019).
Commentary on Madah-Amiri et al. (2019): Beyond saturation
Addiction, 114 (1), 101-102. doi: 10.1111/add.14499.

Wolfson-Stofko B, Gwadz MV, Elliott L, Bennett AS, Curtis R (2018).
“Feeling confident and equipped”: Evaluating the acceptability and efficacy of an overdose response and naloxone administration intervention to service industry employees in New York City
Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 192, 362-370. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2018.08.001. PMCID: PMC6237076.

Wolfson-Stofko B, Elliott L, Bennett AS, Curtis R, Gwadz M (2018).
Perspectives on supervised injection facilities among service industry employees in New York City: A qualitative exploration
International Journal of Drug Policy, 62, 67-73. doi: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2018.08.016. PMCID: PMC6279482.

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