Prescribe to Save Lives (PTSL) - Implementation to Motivate Physician Response to Opioid Dependence in HIV Settings

Opioid pill bottle 250x250The U.S. is in the midst of an epidemic of opioid overdose deaths. The common use of opioids among persons living with HIV, along with their common use of benzodiazepines, has resulted in high rates of opioid overdose among this population. This study will test the implementation of evidence-based training, mentoring, technical support, and academic detailing to encourage HIV physicians to adopt evidence-based interventions to reduce overdose risk and treat opioid addiction.


This research study is led by Dr. Peter Friedmann.

Contact: Randall A. Hoskinson, Jr., 413-794-7034

Participation details:

July 12, 2017
Baystate Medical Center, 759 Chestnut St, Springfield, MA

Inclusion Criteria:

Clinicians and staff of HIV practice sites that:

  • Receive Ryan White Funding;
  • Treat adults with HIV;
  • Have 3 or more prescribing clinicians;
  • Have an electronic medical record (EMR) with an electronic medication list.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Sites located in states with fewer than 500 Persons Living With HIV (PLWH) will be excluded
Interventional (Clinical Trial) - Health Services Research