Addictions, Drug & Alcohol Institute

Learn About Opioid and Stimulant Use in Two New ADAI Briefs


ADAI recently published two new research briefs, both about opioid and stimulant use, and both written by ADAI researchers K. Michelle Peavy, PhD, Caleb Banta-Green, PhD, MPH, MSW, and Mandy Owens, PhD.

Opioids and Stimulants: What Are They and How Are People Using Them?

This 9-page report:

  • examines the combined opioid/stimulant picture;
  • reviews opioid and stimulant trends in availability, use, and impacts;
  • compares opioids and stimulants in terms of drug effects and motivations for use;
  • corrects common myths about opioids and stimulants; and
  • examines the factors that drive “co-use,” that is, using opioids and stimulants at the same time or one after the other.

Helping People Who Use Opioids and Stimulants

This 6-page report:

  • describes research documenting the added challenges stimulant use contributes to those who use opioids;
  • discusses the importance of continuing to provide medications for OUD when people are using stimulants;
  • reviews the psychosocial approaches targeting stimulant use that can be integrated into OUD treatment, such as contingency management and motivational interviewing; and
  • discusses patient-centered approaches to goal setting for people who use opioids and stimulants.

For more new research from ADAI, visit our Publications & Reports page.