Opioid misuse, overdose, and death has become a national public health emergency. More than 100 people a day die from an opioid overdose and the number of people being treated for opioid overuse continues to rise (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). Developing solutions to this complex epidemic will require government agencies, private industry, and communities to work together across systems, including health care, public health, law enforcement, mental health, social services, and insurance providers.
The American Institutes for Research (AIR) has an experienced team with broad expertise in preventing substance misuse and expanding access to evidence-based treatment and recovery for addiction and substance use disorders, addressing mental and behavioral health issues, and facilitating trauma-informed care.
Working with our federal, state, and local partners, AIR offers expertise in:
Provider and Patient Interventions
Working with prescribers and providers to effectively use opioid prescription guidelines and evidence-based strategies for medication-assisted treatment, as well as engaging patients and families in pain management and their own care.
- Learn more about our medication-assisted treatment work in rural Oklahoma
- Watch Susan Heil talk about expanding medication-assisted treatment to curb the opioid epidemic
Building organizational and practitioner capacity using a systemic approach to provide services that address trauma, typical for those experiencing addiction.
Data Analytics and Strategic Solutions
Providing tools and strategies for states and communities to come together across systems to examine data from multiple sources; assessing what’s working and major gaps to preventing use and reducing deaths; and creating and implementing improved evidence-based solutions.
- Learn more about our opioid work in Middlesex County, MA and Tennessee
- Visit the Community Opioid Research and Response Dashboard to explore interventions being used to address the crisis around the country.
Public Health Communications Campaigns
Designing and delivering targeted campaigns—using traditional and social media strategies—to inform diverse audiences about the risks, proper use of, and alternatives to opioids, as well as pathways and access to evidence-based treatment and recovery.
School-Based Prevention and Intervention
Educating and informing parents, coaches, students, school administrators, and health staff in order to prevent opioid misuse and addiction. Some students, such as high school and college athletes who get injured, are at a higher risk of opioid use and abuse.