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Computer-based Prescription Opioid Abuse Prevention for Adolescents

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: National Institutes of Health
Contract: 2R42DA023731-02
Agency Tracking Number: R42DA023731
Amount: $912,129.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: R42
Solicitation Number: PA10-051
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2015
Award Year: 2014
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2014-09-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2016-08-31
Small Business Information
101 W. 23rd Street, #525, New York, NY, 10011-2490
DUNS: 786529482
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 LISA MARSCH
 (603) 448-0263
 lisa.a.marsch@dartmouth.edu
Business Contact
 MICHAEL GRABINSKI
Phone: (888) 887-4957
Email: mike.grabinski@healthsim.com
Research Institution
 DARTMOUTH COLLEGE
 11 ROPE FERRY RD. #6210
HANOVER, NH, 03755-1421
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
DESCRIPTION provided by applicant Recreational use of prescription opioids among adolescents is a significant and growing public health concern and has been referred to as an emerging epidemic in the U S Although a number of science based interactive drug abuse prevention programs exist focused on preventing use of non prescription drugs among youth to our knowledge no science based interactive program focused on the prevention of prescription opioid abuse among youth exists Given that adolescentsandapos views about the recreational use of prescription opioids differ in systematic ways from use of illegal non prescription drugs developing an effective prevention program for youth targeted specifically at prescription opioid abuse is critical In this project we propose to develop an interactive computer program focused on the prevention of prescription opioid abuse among high school aged adolescents This program will be grounded in a scientific understanding of risk factors for prescription opioid abuse among youth employ informational technologies which are effective in promoting relevant knowledge and skills and present program content using strategies which have been shown to be highly appealing to adolescents In Phase I of this project we developed and demonstrated the scientific technical and commercial merit and feasibility of a prototype of a web based prescription opioid abuse prevention program for high school aged youth Phase I results clearly demonstrated the acceptability and potential utility of the prototype of this program to the target audience Participantsandapos rated the program very positively and their knowledge related to prescription opioid abuse prevention markedly increased from low baseline levels to perfect or near perfect levels after completing the program prototype In this Phase II application we plan to complete the development of all components of the multimedia prescription opioid abuse prevention program and conduct a randomized controlled trial with high school aged youth ages years to evaluate the effectiveness of the web based prevention intervention in increasing knowledge about key issues relevant to prescription opioid abuse among youth skills acquisition relevant to preventing their misuse negative attitudes about prescription opioid misuse and perceived risk associated with their misuse We will also assess the interventionandapos s effectiveness in reducing intentions to misuse prescription opioids as well as actual rates of such use The proposed computer program will be developed as a browser based program which can be delivered via Internet intranet or via CD ROM installation which allows for its use in a wide variety of settings e g online home school community organizations health care providers offices This program may provide an innovative engaging effective and potentially cost effective tool for promoting the widespread delivery of science based prevention of prescription opioid abuse among adolescents The proposed web based prescription opioid abuse prevention program for youth may provide an innovative engaging effective and potentially cost effective tool for promoting the widespread delivery of science based prevention of prescription opioid abuse among adolescents The proposed program is highly innovative in that it will to our knowledge be the first of its kind as existing substance abuse prevention programs for youth do not incorporate scientific knowledge about risk factors for prescription opioid abuse which differ in systematic ways from those related to use of illegal drugs Overall this project offers the potential to generate new empirical data relevant to effective prescription opioid abuse prevention interventions for youth and to have a significant public health impact

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