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Penn State: Faculty Member Awarded Grant for Research on Adolescent Opioid Use, Treatment Outcomes

A faculty member from Penn State College of Medicine’s Department of Public Health Sciences received a grant from The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to help fight the opioid epidemic.

NIDA awarded Dr. Douglas Leslie, professor and division chief for health services & behavioral research, $549,512 for his study, “Opioid use disorders in adolescents: predictors of treatment and outcomes.” Dr. Leslie’s study examines how adolescents with opioid use disorders are treated and whether those treatments are effective.

The research will use several large, national insurance claim and survey databases to compile sociodemographic and clinical information on treatments and outcomes in adolescents with opioid use disorders. Researchers plan to use the data to identify patterns in treatments and whether those treatments reduce the risk of subsequent emergency department, hospital or detox services. Providers, insurers and policymakers can use the results of the study to develop processes and policies for effective treatment.