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CAHSS Faculty Awarded Grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse

Mance E. Buttram, Ph.D.

Mance E. Buttram, Ph.D.

Mance Buttram, Ph.D. and Steven Kurtz, Ph.D., from NSU’s College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (CAHSS) have been awarded a grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The grant is entitled, “An Examination of Gabapentin/Pregabalin Initiation, Misuse, and Consequences,” The research assistant on the grant is Michael Fein, M.A.

Steven Kurtz, Ph.D.

The study will examine social ecological factors associated with the misuse of prescription gabapentenoids (GABA), including initiation, motivation, routes of administration, modes of acquisition, and consequences of misuse among a sample of GABA misusers. Because little existing research has focused on this aspect of the Rx opioid epidemic, these data are urgently needed. South Florida (Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties) is a well-known epicenter of prescription drug abuse and diversion and will serve as an excellent location for examining the GABA drug misuse problem.

Buttram is assistant professor and Associate Director of Center for Applied Research on Substance Use and Health Disparities (ARSH) and Kurtz is professor and Director of ARSH. ARSH is housed in the Department of Justice and Human Services in CAHSS. The principal mission of ARSH is the production, dissemination, and utilization of scientific knowledge in the areas of substance abuse, health risk behaviors, and health disparities among vulnerable populations.