Center for Addiction Studies
- Estimate the prevalence of drug use, abuse, and dependency in the Puerto Rican population
- Describe the patterns of drug use and associated factors
- Explore the relationship between substance abuse and other physical and mental conditions
- Evaluate substance abuse treatment modalities as well as new intervention strategies
- Provide empiric knowledge as the basis for the formation of health professionals providing substance abuse and treatment services.
- Create and maintain scientific database that serves as reference for public policy making
Sociodemographic profile and use pattern of the Puerto Rican drug user in Puerto Rico and US Mainland
HIV prevalence and risk behaviors associated with drug use
Relapse process and treatment retention in different intervention models
Health care utilization patterns among Puerto Rican drug users
Factors related to the crack epidemic in Puerto Rico
Co-morbidity in substance abuse, infectious diseases, and mental illness
TB resurgence; its relation with substance abuse
Effectiveness of the needle exchange programs in reducing health risks among injected drug users
Trends in alcohol and drug use among Puerto Rican school youth
Access and integration to health care services among homeless, drug users and others within the modality of managed care compared to traditional health care service system
Program Evaluation Services
The Research Program provides technical assistance through consultation, advice and training to aid organizations in increasing their capacity to serve their clients effectively.
Areas of expertise include:
Starting and administrating project
Measurement and evaluation of program results
Research design and implementation
Method development and statistical evaluation
Project planning for capacity expansion and enhancement
List of Publications
In this section you will find a comprhensive list of publications by the Institute of Research, Education and Service in Addiction (IRESA).
Click here to download the most recent list of publications.
In addition, below you will find some of the posters presented at International, National and Local Conferences such as: American Public Health Association, College on Problems of Drug Dependence, Latino Behavioral Health Institute, National Hispanic Science Network and International AIDS Conference among others.
Finally, these are some presentations made by the staff and faculty by topics at different forums
Tecnología de Información de Salud, 5/17/2012 Bayamón, PR.
Hablemos del Impacto del Trauma Emocional en Niños y Adultos
March, 14, 2012
Anfiteatro Hospital Universitario Ramón Ruiz Arnau
Various presentation (compressed)
Julian Ford, PhD, Roxío Chang, PsyD
Conferencia 2011: Impacto y Tratamiento del Uso de Alcohol: De la Niñez a la Adultez Temprana
September 29, 2011
Embassy Suites Hotel, Isla Verde, Puerto Rico
Some Poster Presentations at the Conference
Latino Behavioral Health Institute 2011
Latino Behavioral Health Institute 2009
Creciendo en Puerto Rico
"It is important to acknowledge that social and health service organizations can nourish, both from findings as well as from the methodology put into practice through research, by implementing methods that will help them make better use of their resources."