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." Addictive Behaviors, 90, 143-145.

The INROADS team will be at these upcoming conferences:

  • The 2020 CPDD Annual Meeting, June 20-24 in Hollywood, Florida, "Substance Use Patterns among People with Disabilities"
  • The 2020 ACRM Conference, October 21-24, in Atlanta, Georgia, "Risk Factors and Interventions for Co-occurring Substance Use Disorders in Neurorehabilitation in Complex Civilian and Military Populations"
  • Cancelled due to COVID-19: The 2020 NARRTC Conference, April 2-3, in Arlington, Virginia, "The Intersection of Opioid Use and Disability"
  • Cancelled due to COVID-19: The 2020 National Neurotrauma Society Meeting, June 27-July 1, in Atlanta, Georgia, "History of TBI as a Risk Factor for Prescription Opioid Misuse among US adults" 

INROADS is funded a grant from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR grant number 90DPGE0007, PI: Sharon Reif). NIDILRR is a Center within the Administration for Community Living (ACL), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The contents of this website do not necessarily represent the policy of NIDILRR, ACL, or HHS, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.