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Rachel Casey PhD, MSW
opioid use, childhood, trauma, Maine
The aim of this study is to address the current gap in research regarding the relationship between childhood trauma and the misuse of opioids among women ages eighteen to thirty-five. Research participants were recruited at community service agencies throughout the Portland area and completed questionnaires measuring Adverse Childhood Experiences, substance use, and use of community supports. Statistical analyses were conducted to assess whether a correlation exists between childhood trauma and opioid use and whether community supports moderate this relationship. Findings of this study have the potential to confirm the existence of a correlation between childhood trauma and opioid misuse that has been found in other studies (Cicero, T. J., Ellis, M. S., & Harney, J. 2015). Furthermore, findings may discern which types of supports may be experienced by the target population as the most helpful in reducing and/or preventing opioid misuse, therefore, determining appropriate ways to address the prevalent opioid epidemic.
Hanson, Kay; Lamoth, Kimberlee; and Smith, Amelia, "The Role of Adverse Childhood Experiences in Relation to Opioids" (2019). Thinking Matters Symposium. 174.