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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 27 , 2003

WSU Begins a 5-year Study on
Reducing Barriers to Drug Abuse Treatment

Dayton, Ohio-Research partners led by Wright State University School of Medicine's Center for Interventions, Treatment and Addictions Research have begun a new 5-year project, Reducing Barriers to Drug Abuse Treatment Services. The $4 M project is funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and is a controlled clinical trial designed to test the effectiveness of interventions within the context of Dayton's existing community resources.

Current statistics indicate that every dollar spent on drug treatment is a bargain for federal, state, and local governments. Drug abusers who complete these programs lead happier, healthier, and more productive lives. The key to success is connecting substance abusers with treatment programs and empowering them to change their lifestyles.

People in need of drug treatment face a range of barriers including: lack of insurance, transportation difficulties, or childcare needs. Persons admitted into the various programs also face stumbling blocks such as embarrassment or fears about the treatment process. While these barriers are well documented, actions to change or remove them have not been well studied or developed.

The project is led by Harvey Siegal, Ph.D., principal investigator, and D. Timothy Lane, M.Ed., project director. It will enable researchers and their community partners to assess two promising interventions: motivational interviewing and strengths-based case management. Study subjects will be assigned to one of these interventions. This will allow researchers to examine how the two treatment enhancements influence the way that people link to and engage in treatment.

Sue McGatha, president and CEO of Samaritan Behavioral Health, represents a key community partner in the grant. "Working through Samaritan CrisisCare, we are excited to be participating in this research effort," she says. "One of our major challenges is ensuring that those people referred to treatment actually follow through with treatment. If the study's interventions prove to help our clients link and follow through, it would be of great value."

Other key community partners for the project include: Montgomery County Alcohol Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) Board; Montgomery County Center for Alcoholism and Drug Addiction Services (CADAS); Miami Valley Hospital Turning Point; NOVA House Association, Inc.; Project CURE; Daymont West; and the WSU School of Medicine's Consumer Advocacy Model (CAM).