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Medical Toxicology Foundation Research Award: 
Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention 


Misuse and abuse of prescription opioids, stimulants, and sedative medications has reached epidemic proportions in the United States. Overdose is now the leading cause of unintentional injury death, and most of these deaths are caused by prescription medications.

The MTF will support outstanding research and other initiatives that have the potential to reduce the misuse and abuse of prescription drugs, particularly among young people. A major goal is to support the development and/or analysis of innovative prevention, treatment, and/or harm reduction strategies.

The maximum amount of this award is $5,000 for direct costs. By policy, the MTF does not cover indirect costs. The maximum award period is two years and will be offered again in 2019.

Check back Fall 2018 for submission guidelines. 



2015 MTF Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Award  

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PI: Rachel Wightman, MD, PGY4 Emergency Medicine Resident, New York University/Bellevue, New York, NY

Current Position (2018): Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, Division of Medical Toxicology, Alpert Medical School of Brown University, University Emergency Medicine Foundation

Amount: $5,000

Protocol: Helping enhance targeted opioid harm reduction efforts through Erowid.


  • Wightman RS, Erowid F, Erowid E, Perrone J, Meisel ZF, Nelson LS. Comparative analysis of trends in opioid queries on Erowid.org 2009-2015. J Med Toxicol. 2016;12:A11.
  • Wightman RS, Perrone J, Erowid F, Erowid E, Meisel ZF, Nelson LS. Relative frequency of unique opioid page visits versus heroin on Erowid.org. J Med Toxicol. 2016;12:A12.


  • Wightman RS, Perrone J, Erowid F, Erowid E, Meisel ZF, Nelson LS. Comparative analysis of opioid queries on Erowid.org: An opportunity to advance harm reduction. Substance Use & Misuse. April 2017;1-5. PMID 28394703.


2014 MTF Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Award 


PI: Katherine Boyle, MD, Division of Medical Toxicology, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA

Current Position (2018): Clinical Instructor, Harvard Medical School, Department of Emergency Medicine, Division of Medical Toxicology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; Faculty for the Harvard Toxicology Fellowship and MA-RI Poison Control Center

Amount: $5,000

Protocol: Teaching Effective Opioid Prescribing Through a Simulation Curriculum 


  • Boyle KL. Teaching effective Opioid Prescribing through a simulation curriculum. Ann Emerg Med 2015;66:s157
  • Boyle KL, Boyer EW, Babu KM. Teaching effective opioid prescribing through a simulation curriculum. J Med Toxicol 2016;12:39 (abstract 109)