Randomized Controlled Trial of Relay – NYC’s Nonfatal Overdose Response Program
Funded by: National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, CDC
Project dates: September 2019 - September 2022
Principal Investigator: Doran, Kelly
Principal Investigator: McNeely, Jennifer
Co-Investigator: Cowan, Ethan (Site PI)
Co-Investigator: Gwadz, Marya
Co-Investigator: Cleland, Charles

This study evaluates the impact of Relay, a peer navigator-led secondary overdose prevention intervention, on reducing subsequent opioid-related – fatal and nonfatal – events.

Eligible individuals with nonfatal opioid overdose presenting at one of four participating emergency departments will be enrolled and randomized to either: enhanced usual care (overdose education and naloxone distribution and list of opioid treatment programs; or to Relay, a peer-delivered overdose education and treatment linkage, including 90 days of peer navigation.

This study will advance the science of overdose prevention and can inform programs and policies for emergency department-based interventions for secondary prevention of opioid overdose.

Abstract on NIH RePORTER