Comagine Health and Oregon Health & Science University Publish Results from a Pilot Study on Reducing Overdose After Release from Incarceration (ROAR)

Elizabeth Needham Waddell, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health, collaborated with researchers in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health, OHSU School of Medicine, the Oregon State University/OHSU College of Pharmacy and Comagine Health is conducting three-year pilot study to evaluate a new opioid overdose prevention program called Reducing Overdose After Release from Incarceration, or ROAR.

ROAR pilot intervention and evaluation (recruitment June 2019 through December 2020) aims to reduce opioid overdose among women released to the community following incarceration in state prison. The evaluation further assesses induction, acceptance and effectiveness of extended release naltrexone in a female post-prison population.

Comagine Health is providing support to the Certified Recover Mentors from CODA and Bridgeway Recovery Services and leading data collection efforts, which include baseline surveys collected prior to release from Coffee Creek Correctional Facility, follow-up surveys collected three and six months after release, and qualitative interviews collected three months after release.

Initial findings were published in Health and Justice journal, Reducing overdose after release from incarceration (ROAR): study protocol for an intervention to reduce risk of fatal and non-fatal opioid overdose among women after release from prison. The online version of the article was released in July 2020 with paper version coming out in December 2020.

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