The Methodological Advances in Evaluating Abuse Deterrent Opioid Analgesics is a visionary research and dissemination project intended to advance the science of studies of opioid analgesics by leveraging emerging advances in data connectivity and establishing new standards for methodological rigor, with a focus on abuse deterrent formulations.
The overall project goal is to develop and disseminate new “open source” epidemiologic tools to facilitate evaluation of abuse deterrent formulations (ADFs). The methodologic products from this project will be made available to the research community, in the expectation that researchers will apply them to improve the quality of studies in the area of opioids.
The project comprises three inter-related sections: Theory, Practice, and Lived Experience.
The project is co-led by the University of North Carolina (Injury Prevention Research Center and the Department of Epidemiology at the Gillings School of Global Public Health) and the University of Kentucky (College of Public Health, College of Pharmacy, Kentucky Injury Prevention Research Center, Institute for Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy), with other collaborators coming on board in Fall 2019.