opioid misuse study logo                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Research taking action against the opioid epidemic.

We’re researching ways to help prevent opioid addiction.



The Opioid Misuse Study is looking at the genetic and environmental factors that may or may not cause some people to form a dependence on opioids.

Participation in the study includes providing a blood sample and completing a 1-3 hour interview. Upon completion, participants will receive a $75 gift card.

We are currently recruiting participants who meet the following criteria:

                            –  Age 18 years or older
                            –  Of African-American or European-American descent
                            –  Have a past history of limited recreational opioid use (60 or fewer times in your lifetime)
                            –  Have not used opioids recreationally in the past 12 months


Your participation can help us learn more.

Study seeks former opioid users who avoided addiction – read our latest press release by clicking here

Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the U.S. The CDC reported that in 2016 42,249 people died from  overdoses involving opioids, an increase of more than 27% from the prior year and more than 400% from the year 2000. The CDC has described the surge in opioid misuse, dependence, and overdose deaths as an epidemic. It is currently the leading public health problem in the U.S.

The genetic contribution to opioid addiction is believed to account for up to 50% of an individual’s risk. Thus far, only a very small number of genes have been consistently associated with opioid dependence. We believe that those individuals who have misused opioids but not gone on to develop opioid dependence may provide clues to help identify important genes that offer some protection against opioid addiction.