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Below is a list of selected publications.

Please see my CV for a complete list.

Substance use treatment and overdose prevention

Sugarman OK, Shah H, Whaley S, McCourt A, Saloner B, Bandara S. A content analysis of           legal policy responses to xylazine in the illicit drug supply in the United States. International Journal of Drug Policy. 2024;129:104472. doi:10.1016/j.drugpo.2024.104472


Sugarman OK, Saloner B, Richards TM, et al. Association of buprenorphine retention and    subsequent adverse outcomes following non-fatal overdose: An analysis using statewide   linked Maryland databases. Drug and Alcohol Dependence. 2024;258:111281.    doi:10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2024.111281

Sugarman OK, Li W, Saloner B. Medications For Opioid Use Disorder Increased Among Louisiana Medicaid Enrollees During Policy Reforms, 2018–21. Health Affairs. 2024;43(1):46-54. doi:10.1377/hlthaff.2023.00715

Sugarman OK, Hulsey EG, Heller D. Achieving the Potential of Naloxone Saturation by Measuring Distribution. JAMA Health Forum. 2023;4(10):e233338. doi:10.1001/jamahealthforum.2023.3338

Incarceration and health

Irvin R, Landry G, ...,Sugarman OK … ,Robinson W. High prevalence of hepatitis C virus infection among incarcerated persons: Results from the Louisiana Hepatitis C Elimination Plan’s opt‐out testing program in prisons. Journal of Viral Hepatitis. 2024;31(7):432-435. doi:10.1111/jvh.13941

Sugarman OK, Wendell DA, Wennerstrom AB, Bachhuber MA, Robinson WT. Examining Pre-Release Interventions on HIV Outcomes 12 Months After Release from Louisiana State Corrections. AIDS and Behavior. Published online June 12, 2023.   doi:10.1007/s10461-023-04106-z


Wennerstrom A, Sugarman OK, Reilly B, Armstrong A, Whittington A, Bachhuber MA. Health services use among formerly incarcerated Louisiana Medicaid members within one year of release. PLoS One. 2023;18(5):e0285582. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0285582

Sugarman OK, Bachhuber MA, Wennerstrom A, Bruno T, Springgate BF. Interventions for incarcerated adults with opioid use disorder in the United States: A systematic review with a focus on social determinants of health. PLoS One. 2020;15: e022

Community partnered research


Sugarman OK, Wennerstrom A, Pollock M*, Griffith K, Rey E, Vargas SM, Haywood C,    Meyers D, Smith J, Williams CR, Williams P, Bonds C, Springgate B, Miranda J, Chung B. Engaging LGBTQ Communities in Community-Partnered Participatory Research: Lessons from the Resilience Against Depression Disparities Study. Prog Community Heal Partnerships Res Educ Action.  2021;15(1):65-74. doi:10.1353/cpr.2021.0006

Springgate BF, Sugarman O, Wells KB, Palinkas LA, Meyers D, Wennerstrom A, Johnson A, Haywood C, Sarpong D, Culbertson R. Community Partnered Participatory Research in Southeast Louisiana Communities Threatened by Climate Change: The C-LEARN Experience. Am J Bioeth. 2021;21(10):46-48. doi:10.1080/15265161.2021.1965248

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