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October 5, 2018

In Memory of Nancy Petry, PhD, 1968 - 2018



Nancy PetryNancy M. Petry, Ph.D, of Canton, Connecticut, died of breast cancer on July 17, 2018. Dr. Petry was a psychologist known for her research on contingency management for substance use disorders, and more generally for her research on behavioral treatments for addictive disorders, behavioral pharmacology, and impulsivity.

She was Professor of Medicine at the University of Connecticut Health Center, and a member of the CTN New England Consortium Node. She was a member of the American Psychiatric Association Workgroup on Substance Use Disorders for the DSM-5, and chaired the Subcommittee on Non-Substance Behavioral Addictions.

Within the CTN, Nancy participated in several CTN protocols and platform studies, including CTN-0004, CTN-005, CTN-0006, CTN-0007, CTN-0007-A-1, and CTN-0007-A-2. A prolific researcher and author, she wrote or co-authored more than 300 articles and chapters.

Working with NIDA-SAMHSA Blending Teams, she helped produce the Motivational Incentive: Positive Reinforcers Enhance Successful Treatment Outcomes (MI:PRESTO) and the Promoting Awareness of Motivational Incentives (PAMI) Blending Products.

Please read an official obituary and others from the University of Connecticut and the Society for the Study of Addiction (SSA) for more about Nancy’s early life and family, and her lifetime’s work in addiction research.

CTN Trial Progress

GraphRandomizations for Active Studies as of the October 4 trial Progress Report.

CTN-0067 - CHOICES Scale-Up. Enrolled 59

CTN-0068 - ADAPT-2 for Methamphetamine Use Disorder. Enrolled 292

CTN-0069 - OUD in the Emergency Department. Enrolled 384

CTN-0075 - Physician-Pharmacist Collaboration - OUD
Enrolled 39

CTN-0079 - ED-CONNECT Enrolled 2

This project is supported by a grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to the University of Washington Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute, but the information on this site has not been reviewed by NIDA and does not necessarily reflect the views of the Institute.

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Learning for Early Careers in Addiction and Diversity (LEAD) Program Seeking Applicants

Man and woman talking at whiteboardThe Learning for Early Careers in Addiction and Diversity (LEAD) Program at UCSF is recruiting its fifth cohort of visiting scholars to participate in this 3-year research education training program. The application deadline is December 15, 2018.

The LEAD training program was developed to help assistant professors from underrepresented racial/ethnic minority backgrounds receive funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as independent scientists.

The LEAD Program is integrated within the NIDA Clinical Trials Network (CTN). The LEAD Program uses a mentoring team approach: each LEAD Program scholar works with a CTN primary mentor, but also receives guidance from a UCSF mentor, and a nationally known racial/ethnic minority advisor. Scholars work mainly with their CTN primary mentor on substance abuse treatment research. The UCSF mentor coordinates the scholar’s needs with respect to the research education training program, and the ethnic/racial minority advisor provides access to informal professional information, support networks, and career advancement resources. Scholars meet weekly with their CTN Primary Mentor and semiannually with their mentoring team.

All qualified early-stage research scientists from minority backgrounds with a research focus in substance use are highly encouraged to apply, and CTN scientists are encouraged to refer specific candidates. Contact Kayla Adem, LEAD Program Coordinator, at kayla.adem@ucsf.edu

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News from the Northeast Node

Northeast NodeOn September 27, 2018, the Northeast Node’s Science Series welcomed Laura Byrne, Executive Director of the HIV/HCV Resource Center in Lebanon, NH, for a presentation entitled, “What’s the Point? Harm Reduction through Syringe Exchange in White River Junction and Springfield, VT.

The HIV/HCV Resource Center is an AIDS service organization that runs two syringe exchange programs in rural Vermont. Syringe exchange programs are more than just places to exchange used needles for new ones; the two programs in Vermont offer a variety of additional services, such as case management, HIV/HCV testing, risk reduction counseling for people living with HIV and people who use injection drugs, naloxone, and referrals to substance use disorder treatment and other services. Both syringe exchange programs are embedded in medical clinics, allowing for onsite care and confidentiality, but stigma is still a barrier to accessing services.

So far in 2018, fentanyl has been the number one substance of use reported by clients of both programs; many also report that they intentionally seek out illicitly manufactured fentanyl because of its potency, a similar finding from a recent study of active opioid users living in New Hampshire.

These two syringe exchange programs in rural Vermont have seen a drastic increase in methamphetamine, bath salts, and cocaine use in the past two years. The Resource Center has also seen an increase in HCV infections, and educates clients on the risks of re-infection regardless of whether they share needles, as the virus can live in water for three weeks, on surfaces for six weeks, and in the barrel of a syringe for more than two months.

For more information on these syringe service programs in White River Junction and Springfield, Vermont, you can watch this Science Series presentation here.

The next installment of the Science Series will welcome Kay Jankowski, PhD, and Erin Knight, PhD, to present on parental substance misuse and child trauma on Thursday, November 15, 2018 from 12-1pm ET. You can find more information on past and future Science Series presentations on the Node’s website.

NIDA Issues FOAs on HEALing Communities Study

Northeast NodeOn September 19, 2018, NIDA issued two funding opportunities for cooperative agreements to support components of the HEALing Communities Study -- an integrated approach to test interventions for opioid misuse and addiction in communities hit hard by the opioid crisis.

This study is a part of the recently launched NIH initiative, Helping to End Addiction Long-term (HEAL), a trans-agency multi-part effort that uses science to bring hope for families and communities affected by the opioid crisis. NIH partnered with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to launch this study.

For researchers interested in responding to this funding opportunity, there will also be a technical assistance webinar on October 3. Please go to the HEALing Communities TA Webinar registration page to register. Password is Success1! (which defaults after registration).

For more information on the funding opportunities, go to:

In addition, NIDA has published a blog, “The HEALing Communities Study: Using Science to Address the Opioid Crisis,” by NIDA Director Dr. Nora Volkow and NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins, on how this and other initiatives will stimulate scientific solutions to the opioid crisis.

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New in the CTN Dissemination Library

Health Risk Perceptions and Reasons for Use of Tobacco Products Among Clients in Addictions Treatment. Campbell BK, et al. Addictive Behaviors 2018 (in press).

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New from the Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC)

ATTC LogoATTC Messenger (September) Highlights

Recovery Month: Spread Hope. By Laurie Krom, MS, Director, ATTC Network Coordinating Office

ATTC Education Packages for Opioid Use Disorders. The ATTC Network Coordinating Office has designed three new digital guides that feature resources for addressing the opioid crisis. Visit the ATTC project webpage, Taking Action to Address Opioid Misuse, to find the guides, which are for

ATTC/NIATx Service Improvement Blog

Recovery Month 2018: A Roundup of Resources from the ATTC Regional Center by Maureen Fitzgerald.

Helping African-American Emerging Adults At Risk for Substance Use Disorder: Developing Resilience by Fred Dyer, PhD, CADC.

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Upcoming Events

CPDD logoCPDD 2019: San Antonio, Texas
Now accepting scientific symposia, workshop, and forum applications

Present your CTN research at the next meeting of the College on Problems of Drug Dependence, June 16-19, 2019 in San Antonio, Texas.

The deadline for proposals is October 15, 2018. Read the full announcement.

Also of Interest

Surgeon General logoSurgeon General Releases "Spotlight on Opioids"
On September 20, 2018, Vice Admiral Jerome M. Adams, U.S. Surgeon General, along with SAMHSA, released Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General's Spotlight on Opioids.

Learn more about this report.



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This project is supported by a grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to the University of Washington Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute, but the information on this site has not been reviewed by NIDA and does not necessarily reflect the views of the Institute.

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