Dr. Carl Latkin, vice chair of and professor in the department of health, behavior and society at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, was recently awarded a $2.3 million three-year grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The project funded by this grant will address the extremely high rates of fatal opioid overdoses in Maryland, which has one of the highest rates in the country, a large portion of which are in Baltimore City. The research will involve a peer-based intervention for preventing opioid overdoses among people who use drugs in Baltimore. The project will benefit drug users directly by training them in methods to prevent and treat opioid overdoses.
For the last three decades, Dr. Latkin has been developing, implementing, and evaluating social network and community-based intervention for people who use drugs. He has also worked with the Baltimore City Health Department in developing its Naloxone distribution program.