Disability and Health Journal: Special Issue on Disability and Substance Use Disorders

Strikingly little is known about substance use disorders (SUD) among people with disabilities, even though people with disabilities are at increased risk for substance misuse and addiction. A better understanding of the complex relationship between disability and SUD is needed to inform the development of culturally relevant, accessible, and inclusive intervention efforts aimed at eliminating disparities in SUD prevalence among people with disabilities. Further, it is essential to assess and improve access, quality and outcomes of SUD treatment and other recovery support services for people with disabilities. To address these gaps in research, the Disability and Health Journal is planning an online-only special supplement issue dedicated to the intersection of disability and substance use disorders including opioids, alcohol, and other drugs.

We invite submission of original research papers for the special issue titled Disability and Substance Use Disorders. We seek papers that focus on both disability and SUD, that ideally move beyond documenting disability-related disparities in SUD. We encourage a focus on all types of disabilities. Papers using qualitative and quantitative methods are welcome, as well as rigorous systematic reviews. We also welcome a focus on populations outside of the United States.

To learn more about this special issue, including submission instructions, please see our Call for Papers. Submissions will be accepted through February 15, 2021.