Understanding the Impacts of COVID-19 on Drug Use and Overdose in Upstate New York

The Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion at Syracuse University is conducting a research study to evaluate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on drug use and wellbeing among persons who use drugs in upstate New York. Participants will be asked to participate in an interview that will take approximately 60-90 minutes.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Must have used illegal drugs (crack, cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine) or misused* prescription drugs (opioids, anti-anxiety pills, anti-depressants, muscle relaxants, or stimulants) in the past 30 days.
  • Must be aged 18 or older
  • Must speak English
  • Must be resident of one of the following counties:
    Albany, Allegany, Broome, Cattaraugus, Cayuga, Chautauqua, Chemung, Chenango, Clinton, Columbia, Cortland, Delaware, Dutchess, Erie, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Genesee, Greene, Hamilton, Jefferson, Lewis, Livingston, Madison, Monroe, Montgomery, Niagara, Oneida, Onondaga, Ontario, Orleans, Oswego, Otsego, Rensselaer, St. Lawrence, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Sullivan, Tioga, Tompkins, Ulster, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Wyoming, Yates
  • Currently incarcerated individuals are not eligible to participate.
  • You cannot be intoxicated at the time you take the survey.

*misused means using pills that were not prescribed to you or taking them in a way that was not prescribed by a doctor. This includes things like taking them more frequently than prescribed, taking them to get high, and crushing them to get the dose faster.

For participating in an interview you will have the opportunity to receive a $25 electronic Amazon or Visa gift cards.

To participate in an interview, click here: https://syracuseuniversity.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3wSpbJrRuP4Yu69

To complete the interview survey via phone, please email lernerdrugstudy@syr.edu to provide a phone number and schedule a time.

For questions concerning this study please contact Shannon Monnat (Lerner Center Director) at lernerdrugstudy@syr.edu.