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Addressing Opioid Misuse Among Veterans: A Peer-Delivered Opioid Prevention Curriculum International Journal of Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement Pazdera, M., Lor, K. B., Winstead Jr., O., Hamberger, L. K., Curry, B., Franco, Z., O’Connor, S., Gollin-Graves, M., Hurley, R., Gray, T., & Ahmed, S. M. (2021). Addressing opioid misuse among veterans: A peerdelivered opioid prevention curriculum. International Journal of Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement, 9(1). Article 7. https://doi.org/10.37333/001c.31319

Date

12/30/2021

Abstract

Opioid use disorder (OUD) disproportionately

affects military Veterans, who are more likely

than the general population to experience chronic

pain. A community–academic partnership

launched a community-engaged research (CEnR)

project designed to train Veteran peer mentor

specialists to prevent and reduce opioid abuse

among Veterans. A series of focus groups were

conducted to obtain community input for the

development of an opioid prevention curriculum

to be utilized by peer mentor specialists. The

focus group participants’ experiences contributed

to nuanced perspectives that fostered appreciation

of knowledge and service gaps by using a CEnR

approach. The themes that emerged informed a

curriculum with key concepts related to opioid

abuse and recovery for peer mentor specialists

providing peer support for Veterans. Integrating

research with community input and partnerships

optimizes the opportunity to address aspects of

OUD experienced by Veterans and closes a

significant gap in this area of study and practice.

Author List

Pazdera, M., Lor, K. B., Winstead Jr., O., Hamberger, L. K., Curry, B., Franco, Z., O’Connor, S., Gollin-Graves, M., Hurley, R., Gray, T., & Ahmed, S. M.

Author

Kajua B. Lor PharmD Chair, Associate Professor in the School of Pharmacy Administration department at Medical College of Wisconsin


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