Preventing At-Risk Adolescents Transitioning into Adulthood from Developing Opioid Use Disorder


Older adolescents and young adults (ages 16-30) are the group at highest risk for initiation of opioid use, opioid misuse, opioid use disorder, and death from overdose. Building on successful research models to prevent alcohol consumption among adolescents and young adults, the National Institutes of Health is supporting a series of studies to identify and test effective prevention strategies targeted to young adults in geographic areas most affected by the opioid crisis. The studies will focus on older adolescents and young adults in a variety of health care settings, including primary care, emergency departments, urgent care, infectious disease clinics, school-based and community college health centers, workplaces, and justice settings.

Supporting NIH Institutes and Centers

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)



Dr. Jacqueline Lloyd

This page last reviewed on April 18, 2019