Lauber Receives Grant to Develop Opioid Intervention Program

Posted on 4/25/2018 1:59:14 PM

Erick Lauber, professor of Journalism and Public Relations at IUP, has received a $118,000 grant to streamline his project “Intensive Prevention Programming for Two Hard-Hit Counties in Rural PA.” The project is one of many activities conducted by Lauber’s Opioid Prevention and Community Health (OPACH) initiative, part of the Mid-Atlantic Addiction Research and Training Institute (MARTI)’s larger Heroin Research and Outreach Program.

The proposed program, which focuses on residents in Armstrong and Indiana counties, is targeted toward three distinct groups: caregivers of youth, working parents and employers, and the general public. The first two groups will be offered specialized workshops to better help them identify the signs and symptoms of substance use disorders.

During the training sessions, information will also be gathered regarding the attitudes and beliefs toward substance misuse. For the general public, various forms of media will be utilized to spread information about substance use, particularly opioid abuse. 

Once the various phases of the project have been completed, the gathered information will be used to develop a stigma-reduction campaign that will be integrated into the larger prevention campaign. The project is funded by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.