Institute for Community Research
Project LEAD (Laws to Eliminate Abuse and Diversion)

Project LEAD (Laws to Eliminate Abuse and Diversion)

Project LEAD

Effects of State Laws to Reduce Opioid Diversion on Transitions to Injection Drug Use and HIV/HCV Transmission

This research will explore the influence of laws in three different states; Connecticut, Kentucky, and Wisconsin, selected to represent differences in PDMPs, Medicaid restrictions on opioid prescription, and pain clinic regulation. We will also examine the effects of the local context (drug use networks, syringe availability, harm reduction services, relative price and quality of heroin) on the transition to injecting non-prescription opioids and/or heroin injection in three local areas: an urban area, a smaller metropolitan area or suburb, and a rural town and surrounding county, chosen to reflect areas with higher rates of opioid prescription and opioid overdoses.

Principle Investigator: Julia Dickson-Gomez, PhD, can be reached at

ICR Project Staff

Margaret Weeks, Ph.D.

Jianghong Li, MD, MSc

Danielle Green, Ph.D.
Project Coordinator

Eduardo Robles
Outreach Interviewer


Please read the project abstract here.


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