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Preventing Risky Drinking in Veterans Treated with Prescription Opioids

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Technical Report,01 Apr 2015,31 Mar 2016

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Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia United States

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Veterans who are taking prescription opioids for chronic pain and are engaging in risky drinking are at heightenedrisk for drug interactions, including overdose and other negative effects, particularly if they are also usingbenzodiazepines. In this application, we propose to test an adaptive prevention intervention, designed to reducerates of risky drinking in veterans receiving prescription opioids to treat their chronic pain. This adaptive,patient-centered intervention provides clinical assessment, brief intervention, monitoring, and extended preventionservices delivered through a combination of clinical visits, telephone calls, and text messages. We willconduct a study in which returning OEFOIF individuals and other veterans receiving medical care at the PhiladelphiaVAMC N300 who are on daily doses of prescription opioids and screen positive for risky alcohol usewill be randomized to receive 12 months of an adaptive prevention intervention API or to standard care SC,which consists of a Brief Intervention BI only. truncated

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