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Steven Baumann

Committee Members

Catherine Georges

Juan Battle

Subject Categories

Cognitive Psychology | Nursing | Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing | Psychology | Public Health


NYC, Logotherapy, Drug Misuse, Addiction, Nursing


The purpose of this research study is to explore the lived experience of using opiates, as described by young adults aged 18 to 25 years. Over the last 2 decades, opioid use disorders (OUDs) and opiate overdose deaths have increased dramatically in the United States. What used to be a problem primarily contained to minority groups in poor inner-city areas is now increasingly common in all races, genders, ages, and classes. There has also been an alarming increase in opiate use—including fentanyl, both legal and illegal—among young adults. While much of the literature has been focused on the opiate use and those with OUDs, there is limited research on the lived experiences of opioid use. The results of this study add to the growing body of research in this population.

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