Substance Use

Smoking, alcohol, and other drug use are leading causes of death and disease in the U.S. and place an enormous strain on the health care system and results in lost productivity. Estimates of the overall costs of tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs in the U.S. exceeds $600 billion annually. Preventing smoking and substance use is a complex public health challenge, but research in recent years has identified promising practices for reducing their prevalence.

Since the 1990s, JSI has been devoted to helping public health agencies and communities embark on initiatives that prevent and curtail tobacco, alcohol, and other substance use. JSI provides technical expertise, bringing best practices to underserved populations, which are disproportionately affected by addiction.

Among the services that JSI renders in this area in collaboration with its clients are: training and technical assistance, data analysis, community surveys, communications, strategic planning, and evaluation and monitoring.

Learn more about our specific work in Drug Addiction.


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Watch a video produced by JSI for the Rhode Island Prevention Resource Center that features leaders in opioid overdose prevention, recovery, and research speaking about the state's response to the epidemic.



Highlights

PROJECT
View details: MA Bureau of Substance Abuse Services Consumer System

MA Bureau of Substance Abuse Services Consumer System

JSI is implementing a system to measure consumer satisfaction with MA BSAS Program in an effort to collect data that can contribute to quality improvement measures system-wide.

FEATURE
View details: Responding to the smokeless tobacco surge New England teens

Responding to the smokeless tobacco surge New England teens

A survey of tobacco use among high school students in Massachusetts found that the rate of cigarette smoking among youth continued to decline. But the study also underscored that MA youth are consuming other tobacco products at an ever higher rate.

PROJECT
View details: Opioid Urgent Care Center Pilot Evaluation

Opioid Urgent Care Center Pilot Evaluation

JSI is evaluating an opioid urgent care center pilot in partnership with the MA DPH Bureau of Substance Abuse Services (BSAS).

PROJECT
View details: New Hampshire Adolescent SBIRT: Screen and Intervene

New Hampshire Adolescent SBIRT: Screen and Intervene

JSI is helping to expand SBIRT protocols sooner, so that substance misuse among 12-22 yrs old can be identified earlier and addressed effectively.

PROJECT
View details: New Hampshire Alcohol and Drug Treatment Locator

New Hampshire Alcohol and Drug Treatment Locator

This online directory helps those dealing with alcohol and drug use find treatment and recovery support service providers in New Hampshire.

PROJECT
View details: Text 2 Be an Ex (T2BX): A Unique SMS Based Tobacco Cessation Program for RI Youth

Text 2 Be an Ex (T2BX): A Unique SMS Based Tobacco Cessation Program for RI Youth

Text to Be an Ex is a free text message program designed to encourage and assist with tobacco cessation for Rhode Island youth ages 13-17.

PROJECT
View details: Developing a Prevention Resource Center in Rhode Island (RIPRC)

Developing a Prevention Resource Center in Rhode Island (RIPRC)

RIPRC is a training and technical assistance resource for substance abuse prevention providers. The Center fosters collaboration to prevent substance abuse and other related risk-taking behaviors in RI.

PROJECT
View details: New Hampshire Center for Excellence Evaluation Expansion

New Hampshire Center for Excellence Evaluation Expansion

JSI Center for Excellence works with the NH Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services to prevent and reduce alcohol and other drug use in NH. Evaluation Expansion will result in 10 regional networks to engage communities in prioritizing substance abuse issues.

PROJECT
View details: Rhode Island Department of Health Epidemiologic/Public Health Data Analysis Services

Rhode Island Department of Health Epidemiologic/Public Health Data Analysis Services

To help the Rhode Island Department of Health protect and promote health in the state, JSI developed a set of valid measures of health outcomes, health-related behaviors, and health system performance that can be generated on a timely basis.

PROJECT
View details: Vermont Tobacco Evaluation and Quality Assurance Monitoring

Vermont Tobacco Evaluation and Quality Assurance Monitoring

JSI conducted quality assurance monitoring and evaluation of a pilot Smoking Cessation During Pregnancy incentive program intended to support and encourage quitting smoking early and throughout pregnancy.

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