May 8, 2023

Habecker to present findings on study of rural drug users

Patrick Habecker

Patrick Habecker

Patrick Habecker will give a virtual talk on “The First 600: What We Learned about 600 People Who Use Drugs in the Great Plains” at 1:30 p.m. May 11. The event is free and open to the public.

Register for the Zoom link here.

This seminar will describe the learnings from the first wave of the longitudinal cohort of people who use drugs in the Great Plains. Recruited over an 18-month time period, all participants completed a survey that covered social connections, social support, recent illicit substance use, HIV/HCV risk factors, mental health and experiences with law enforcement.

Habecker earned a doctorate in sociology with a minor in survey research and methodology from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in 2017. Afterward, he worked as a postdoctoral researcher focusing on rural people who inject drugs before taking his current position as a research assistant professor at Nebraska. His research looks at how stigma towards people who use drugs is associated with support for drug policies and awareness of harm reduction techniques to reduce overdose deaths with a focus on largely rural and non-coastal settings.

This talk is sponsored by the Rural Drug Addiction Research Center, and it is an installment within their Seminar Series.