Preventing substance misuse is a public health priority.

Alcohol-related injury remains the third most common preventable cause of death in the U.S. and contributes to $700B+ in costs to our economy each year.

Individual use of illicit substances along with misuse of prescription medication and other legal substances leads to cascading physical, mental, social and economic effects in families and communities.

Gillings researchers work to prevent substance misuse in pregnant women, HIV-positive individuals, and adolescents. They also work to strengthen systems for coordinating overdose surveillance, engage community partners on adoption and implementation of new and promising interventions, and contribute to a better understanding of downstream health effects of substance misuse, such as Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.

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