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Health Outcomes by Neighborhood - Baltimore

This study is currently recruiting participants. (see Contacts and Locations)
Verified May 11, 2017 by National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC) ( National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) ) Identifier:
First received: April 4, 2012
Last updated: May 20, 2017
Last verified: May 11, 2017


- Researchers have been studying patterns of mood and drug use in specific neighborhoods. This study will look at environmental factors that may affect drug use, addiction, and treatment seeking in Baltimore neighborhoods. The results could inform prevention efforts, enhance treatment interventions, and improve substance use outcomes.


- To better understand why some people start to use drugs, why some people who use drugs become addicted, and why some people who become addicted enter treatment.


- Individuals at least 18 years of age who are living in the neighborhoods participating in the study.


  • Participants will be screened with a physical exam and medical history. They will be separated into one of four groups: (1) people who do not use drugs, (2) people who have used drugs in the past, (3) people who are using drugs and want treatment, and (4) people who are using drugs and do not want treatment.
  • This study will include two outpatient visits about 12 months apart. Each visit will last about 5 hours. Each study visit may be done in 1 day or in 2 days.
  • At each study visit, participants will provide blood, breath, urine, and saliva samples. They will also have a heart function test and body measurements. They will complete questionnaires about personal and family history.
  • There will be monthly follow-up phone calls between the two visits.

Drug Abuse/Dependence

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Time Perspective: Other
Official Title: Health Outcomes by Neighborhood - HON Study Baltimore

Further study details as provided by National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC):

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • The primary outcome measures will be lifetime substance-misuse history and changes in drug-use status across the 12 months between visits. [ Time Frame: 12 Months Between Visits ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Secondary outcome measures include: biological assessments of drug use; medical, psychiatric, & social determinants of health; hematologic markers for medical conditions; cumulative stress burden (allostatic load); and personality assess... [ Time Frame: 12 Months Between Visits ]

Estimated Enrollment: 1550
Study Start Date: March 8, 2012
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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 75 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
  • Age at least 18 years. Rationale: Children under 18 will not be included because many of the measures to be administered in this study are not validated for use with children. Furthermore, the research question under investigation is the drug trajectories of adults, over the age of 18. However, there is no intervention in this study that is contraindicated for older adults, and given that addiction in the elderly is understudied, it is important to include elderly individuals.
  • Residence in Baltimore city or one of the surrounding counties. Rationale: Our current geographic mapping technology currently only includes these areas.


-Inability to provide informed consent.

  Contacts and Locations
Choosing to participate in a study is an important personal decision. Talk with your doctor and family members or friends about deciding to join a study. To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the Contacts provided below. For general information, see Learn About Clinical Studies.

Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01571752

Contact: Karran A Phillips, M.D. (443) 740-2298

United States, Maryland
National Institute on Drug Abuse Recruiting
Baltimore, Maryland, United States, 21224
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
Principal Investigator: Karran A Phillips, M.D. National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
  More Information

Responsible Party: National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Identifier: NCT01571752     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 999912472
Study First Received: April 4, 2012
Last Updated: May 20, 2017

Keywords provided by National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC):
Drug Abuse/Dependence
Drug Abuse
Drug Dependence

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Substance-Related Disorders
Chemically-Induced Disorders
Mental Disorders processed this record on May 23, 2017