Missouri Foundation for Health Awards $1.5 Million for Gun Violence Prevention Research
Jan 3, 2020
This study will explore the association of both substance use disorder and long-term opioid therapy with gun suicide among Medicaid-insured North Carolinians and assess whether certain mental health diagnoses—especially depression and generalized anxiety disorder—affect this association.
Explore the association of both substance use disorder and long-term opioid therapy with gun suicide among Medicaid-insured North Carolinians.
In addition, explore specific mental health diagnoses—especially depression and generalized anxiety disorder—as modifiers of the association between substance use disorder and gun suicide.
This project will help families, physicians, and policymakers evaluate suicide risk and reduce suicide among people with substance use and other specific mental health diagnoses.
Josie Caves, epidemiology, University of North Carolina (UNC), Chapel Hill. Caves’s research interests include intimate partner violence, police violence, firearm violence and the opioid epidemic. She has been supported by the Raluca Iosif Intimate Partner Violence Research Award from IntraHealth International and the UNC Gillings School of Public Health’s Robert Verhalen Endowed Scholarship in Injury Prevention/Trauma Management. She has worked as a nurse at Rex Hospital in Raleigh, N.C., and as a research coordinator at Duke University and UNC hospitals.