Preventing Injection: An mHealth Intervention That Leverages Social Networks to Prevent Progression to Injection Among Young Opioid Users
Funded by: National Institute on Drug Abuse
Project dates: September 2017 - June 2021
Principal Investigator: Acosta MC
Principal Investigator: Guarino, Honoria

Many young opioid users demonstrate a rapid transition to injection drug use, which is associated with significant risks (e.g., overdose, HIV/HCV); yet there is virtually no research on how to prevent or halt this transition. This project developed an mHealth intervention to prevent progression to injection drug use among young opioid users. Given the widespread use of mobile apps among young adults (98% of adults between 18-29  own mobile phones and spend approximately three hours per day using mobile apps), this intervention may have significant reach for this difficult-to-engage population.

Abstract on NIH RePORTER