INROADS

INROADS, or Intersecting Research on Opioid Misuse, Addiction, and Disability Services, is a joint research program between Brandeis University’s Institute for Behavioral Health and Lurie Institute for Disability Policy that examines the intersection between addiction, disability, and service provision in an effort to address the rise of opioid use disorders (OUD) among people with disabilities. In the United States at large, opioid misuse has led to a national crisis resulting in deaths, illnesses, and other detrimental results that require a thoughtful response that focuses on the causes and systems behind the opioid addiction crisis. 

Our research aims to understand how and why people with disabilities misuse opioids, help them access treatment, recover from OUD, and move toward their individually defined life goals. To this end, we are engaging people with disabilities and a history of addictions and using a holistic analytical approach to understand the complex systems that lead to opioid misuse among people with disabilities. Our work intends to foreground the needs of people with disabilities by including them throughout the duration of our research. 

The INROADS program incorporates a multi-pronged strategy, including a systematic literature review, analyses of national and state data on the intersection between disability and OUD, educational papers and briefs about our research, focus groups, workshops, and a future State of the Science conference. 

See our commentary about OUD and TBI:

Corrigan, John D., and Adams, Rachel Sayko. (2019). "The Intersection between Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Opioid Use Disorder: Recommendations for Substance Use Providers." Addictive Behaviors, 90, 143-145.

The INROADS team will be at two upcoming conferences: