Raminta Daniulaityte

Raminta Daniulaityte
Arizona State University | ASU · College of Health Solutions

PhD

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Background Worsening of the overdose crisis in the USA has been linked to the continuing proliferation of non-pharmaceutical fentanyl (NPF). The recent wave of NPF spread in the USA has been fueled by an increased presence of counterfeit pills that contain NPF. This qualitative study aims to characterize the motivation and practices of counterfeit...
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Aim Methamphetamine use has increased among individuals with opioid use disorder. The key aims of this study are to detail and contextualise lay knowledge, attitudes, and behaviours related to methamphetamine use in relation to opioid overdose risks in an area dominated by non-pharmaceutical fentanyl-type drugs (NPF). Methods The study recruited 4...
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This article uses participatory photography to explore the relationships animating efforts towards recovery from opioid use disorder (OUD) in the Dayton, Ohio area, an epicenter of illicit opioid use and overdose death. A photo-elicitation project was conducted with thirteen people who met the DSM-5 criteria for OUD. Photographs were used as prompt...
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Background: Across the U.S., methamphetamine use is expanding among people who use illicit opioids (PWUIO). Motives for methamphetamine use must be contextualized within the experiences of PWUIO, who may use methamphetamine not only to achieve euphoria, but also as a tactic of self-management. The overall aim of this study is to contextualize lay...
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This study aims to identify socio-demographic and psychosocial characteristics associated with the suicidal ideation among resettled Bhutanese refugees in the United States. Structured interviews were conducted with 200 resettled Bhutanese refugees in Columbus, Ohio. Multivariable logistic regression analysis was conducted to identify variables ass...
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Background Novel synthetic opioids are fueling the overdose deaths epidemic in North America.Recently, non-fentanyl novel synthetic opioids have emerged in forensic toxicological results. Cryptomarkets have become important platforms of distribution for illicit substances. This article presents the data concerning the availability trends of novel n...
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Opioid and substance misuse is rampant in the United States today, with the phenomenon known as the opioid crisis. The relationship between substance use and mental health has been extensively studied, with one possible relationship being substance misuse causes poor mental health. However, the lack of evidence on the relationship has resulted in o...
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With the increasing legalization of medical and recreational use of cannabis, more research is needed to understand the association between depression and consumer behavior related to cannabis consumption. Big social media data has potential to provide deeper insights about these associations to public health analysts. In this interdisciplinary stu...
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BACKGROUND Web-based resources and social media platforms play an increasingly important role in health-related knowledge and experience sharing. There is a growing interest in the utilization of these novel data sources for epidemiological surveillance of substance use behaviors and trends. OBJECTIVE The key aims are to describe the development a...
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With the increasing legalization of medical and recreational use of cannabis, more research is needed to understand the association between depression and consumer behavior related to cannabis consumption. Big social media data has potential to provide deeper insights about these associations to public health analysts. In this interdisciplinary stu...
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Background The United States is facing a "triple wave" epidemic fueled by novel synthetic opioids. Cryptomarkets, anonymous marketplaces located on the deep web, play an increasingly important role in the distribution of illicit substances. This article presents the data collected and processed by the eDarkTrends platform concerning the availabilit...
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Background: U.S. is experiencing a surging trend of methamphetamine use among individuals who use opioids. More research is needed to characterize this emerging “twin epidemic.” Objectives: The study aims to identify social and behavioral characteristics associated with methamphetamine use among individuals with opioid use disorder (OUD) in the Day...
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Background Unintentional drug overdoses have reached epidemic levels in the U.S. This study tests the hypothesis that people who have used non-prescribed buprenorphine more frequently in the past six months were less likely to experience a drug overdose during that same time period. Methods Participants age 18 years or older with opioid use disord...
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Introduction The opioid overdose crisis in the United States has prompted an expansion of treatment services, including pharmacotherapy with buprenorphine. However, many people who use illicit opioids (PWUIO) self-treat their opioid-use disorder (OUD) with non-prescribed buprenorphine (NPB) in lieu of attending formal treatment. The present study a...
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Background: Conducted in the Dayton Metropolitan area of Southwestern Ohio, this qualitative study explores the self-treatment practices of people who use illicit opioids (PWUIO) amidst the new risk environment produced by illicit, non-pharmaceutical fentanyl (NPF). We explore local perceptions of the presence of NPF in the Dayton area, and how th...
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Aim: Non-prescribed buprenorphine (NPB) use increased in the US. This study aims to characterize heterogeneity in patterns of NPB and other opioid use among individuals with current opioid use disorder. Methods: The study recruited 356 participants in Dayton (Montgomery County), Ohio, area in 2017-2018 using targeted and Respondent Driven Sampli...
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Background: Conducted in Dayton, Ohio, the study aims to characterize user knowledge and experiences with non-pharmaceutical fentanyl-type drugs (NPFs) and compare self-reports with urine toxicology for NPFs and heroin. Methods: Between May 2017-January 2018, 60 individuals who self-reported heroin/NPF use were interviewed using structured quest...
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As America’s opioid crisis has become an “epidemic of epidemics,” Ohio has been identified as one of the high burden states regarding fentanyl-related overdose mortality. This study aims to examine changes in the availability of fentanyl, fentanyl analogs, and other non-pharmaceutical opioids on cryptomarkets and assess relationship with the trends...
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Introduction: There is a lack of information on illicitly manufactured fentanyl and fentanyl analogue-related (IMF) unintentional overdose death trends over time. The study analyzes IMF-related unintentional overdose fatalities that occurred between July 2015 and June 2017 in Montgomery County, Ohio, an area with the highest rates of unintentional...
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Social media platforms are increasingly being used to share and seek advice on mental health issues. In particular, Reddit users freely discuss such issues on various subreddits, whose structure and content can be leveraged to formally interpret and relate subreddits and their posts in terms of mental health diagnostic categories. There is prior re...
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With 93% of pro-marijuana population in US favoring legalization of medical marijuana, high expectations of a greater return for Marijuana stocks, and public actively sharing information about medical, recreational and business aspects related to marijuana, it is no surprise that marijuana culture is thriving on Twitter. After the legalization of m...
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Aims: The purpose of this paper is to analyze characteristics of marijuana concentrate users, describe patterns and reasons of use, and identify factors associated with daily use of concentrates among U.S.-based cannabis users recruited via a Twitter-based online survey. Methods: An anonymous Web-based survey was conducted in June 2017 with 687...
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The United States and numerous other countries worldwide are currently experiencing a public health crisis due to the abuse of illicitly manufactured fentanyl (IMF) and its analogues. This manuscript describes the development of a liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry-based method for the multiplex detection of N = 24 IMF analogues and met...
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Background: "Rosin tech" is an emerging solventless method consisting in applying moderate heat and constant pressure on marijuana flowers to prepare marijuana concentrates referred to as "rosin." This paper explores rosin concentrate-related Twitter data to describe tweet content and analyze differences in rosin-related tweeting across states wit...
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Objective: Twitter data offer new possibilities for tracking health-related communications. This study is among the first to apply advanced information processing to identify geographic and content features of cannabis-related tweeting in the United States. Method: Tweets were collected using streaming Application Programming Interface (March-Ma...
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Ohio is experiencing unprecedented loss of life caused by unintentional drug overdoses (1), with illicitly manufactured fentanyl (IMF) emerging as a significant threat to public health (2,3). IMF is structurally similar to pharmaceutical fentanyl, but is produced in clandestine laboratories and includes fentanyl analogs that display wide variabilit...
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Aims: Over the past few years, there has been a significant surge in non-pharmaceutical fentanyl (NPF)-related unintentional overdose deaths in the US. This study was conducted in Dayton, Ohio, an area of one of the largest NPF outbreaks in the country. The overall goal is to characterize the NPF outbreak by analyzing: 1) trends in unintentional dr...
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Background Synthetic Cannabinoid Receptor Agonists (SCRA), also known as “K2” or “Spice,” have drawn considerable attention due to their potential of abuse and harmful consequences. More research is needed to understand user experiences of SCRA-related effects. We use semi-automated information processing techniques through eDrugTrends platform to...
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Aims The study seeks to characterize marijuana concentrate users, describe reasons and patterns of use, perceived risk, and identify predictors of daily/near daily use. Methods An anonymous web-based survey was conducted (April-June 2016) with 673 US-based cannabis users recruited via the Bluelight.org web-forum and included questions about mariju...
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Background To harness the full potential of social media for epidemiological surveillance of drug abuse trends, the field needs a greater level of automation in processing and analyzing social media content. Objectives The objective of the study is to describe the development of supervised machine-learning techniques for the eDrugTrends platform t...
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Background: Increases in illicit pharmaceutical opioid (PO) use have been associated with risk for transition to heroin use. We identify predictors of transition to heroin use among young, illicit PO users with no history of opioid dependence or heroin use at baseline. Methods: Respondent-driven sampling recruited 383 participants; 362 returned...
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The Specific Aims of this application are to use a paradigmatic approach that combines Semantic Web technology, Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning techniques to: 1) Describe drug users' knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors related to the non-medical use of Suboxone and Subutex as discussed on Web-based forums. 2) Identify and describe...
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The Specific Aims of this application are to use a paradigmatic approach that combines Semantic Web technology, Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning techniques to: Describe drug userstextquoteright knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors related to the non-medical use of Suboxone and Subutex as discussed on Web-based forums. Identify and...
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Background: Increases in illicit pharmaceutical opioid (PO) use have been associated with risk for transition to heroin use. We identify predictors of transition to heroin use among young, illicit PO users with no history of opioid dependence or heroin use at baseline. Methods: Respondent-driven sampling recruited 383 participants; 362 returned for...
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While media reports about the emerging use and popularity of concentrated butane hash oil products ('dabs'; 'wax'; 'budder') in the U.S. have been increasing, data on the epidemiology of its use remain limited. The overall goal of the study is to explore Twitter data on butane hash oil use in the U.S. The study builds on qualitative and quantitativ...
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Background Illicit use of buprenorphine has increased in the U.S., but our understanding of its use remains limited. This study aims to explore Web-forum discussions about the use of buprenorphine to self-treat opioid withdrawal symptoms.MethodsPREDOSE, a novel Semantic Web platform, was used to extract relevant posts from a Web-forum that allows f...
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Abstract The study uses qualitative and quantitative data to describe sources of pain pills for illicit use among young adult (18- to 23-year-old) users. Respondent-driven sampling was used to recruit 383 individuals in the Columbus, Ohio, area. The sample was almost 50% Caucasian and about 55% male. Qualitative interview participants (n = 45) were...
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There is growing evidence of an alarming increase in the illicit use of buprenorphine in the U.S., but our understanding of its use is limited because current epidemiologic systems do not systematically monitor buprenorphine. This study aims to explore Web-based data on illicit buprenorphine use, focusing on user beliefs about the appropriate dosin...
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Increases in non-medical use of pharmaceutical opioids in the U.S. have resulted in increases in opioid dependence and unintentional overdose deaths. We characterize heterogeneity in opioid use patterns among a community-based sample of 18-23 year-olds who use non-medical pharmaceutical opioids, yet are not opioid dependent. Respondent-driven sampl...
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Objectives: The role of social media in biomedical knowledge mining, including clinical, medical and healthcare informatics, prescription drug abuse epidemiology and drug pharmacology, has become increasingly significant in recent years. Social media offers opportunities for people to share opinions and experiences freely in online communities, wh...
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Aims: Many websites provide a means for individuals to share their experiences and knowledge about different drugs. Such User-Generated Content (UGC) can be a rich data source to study emerging drug use practices and trends. This study examined UGC on extra-medical use of loperamide among illicit opioid users. Methods: A website that allows for...
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ABSTRACT: Aims: Many websites provide a medium for individuals to freely share their experiences and knowledge about different drugs. Such user-generated content can be used as a rich data source to study emerging drug use practices and trends. The study aims to examine web-based reports of loperamide use practices among non-medical opioid users. L...
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There has been a rise in the illicit use of pharmaceutical opioids ("pain pills") in the United States. Conducted with young adult non-medical users of pharmaceutical opioids, this study uses qualitative methods and cultural consensus analysis to describe risk perceptions associated with pharmaceutical opioids and to determine patterns of cultural...
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The study uses qualitative interviews conducted with 19 crack using women to explore their experiences of stress and their views regarding the relationship between stress and drug use. Fifteen of the women participated in follow-up interviews conducted 5-7 years after the baseline. Life history interviews unveiled a pattern of close connection betw...
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There is growing evidence about illicit use of buprenorphine in the U.S. The study aims to: (1) identify prevalence and predictors of illicit buprenorphine use in a community sample of 396 young adult (18-23 years old) non-medical users of pharmaceutical opioids and (2) describe knowledge, attitudes and behaviors linked to illicit buprenorphine use...
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Respondent-driven sampling (RDS) has been promoted as a superior method in recruiting hard-to-reach and hidden populations. Although its application has expanded enormously, there remains a need for empirical data evaluating the performance of RDS in different settings. This study describes the application of RDS to recruit a community sample (N=39...
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This study examined sociodemographic and drug-related predictors of depressive symptoms among a rural, multistate sample of not-in-treatment stimulant drug users (n=710). Participants were recruited using respondent-driven sampling in Ohio, Arkansas, and Kentucky. The Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9) was used to measure symptoms of depression....
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This study, conducted in Columbus, Ohio, identified the predictors of current (past 30 day) illicit use of pharmaceutical opioids among young individuals (n=402) with a history of MDMA/ecstasy use who were recruited in 2002-2003 using respondent-driven sampling. To be eligible, participants had to be 18-30 years old, not involved in a drug abuse tr...
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Conducted in Guadalajara, Mexico, the study focuses on patients' and physicians' beliefsabout diabetes causality. The study was conducted in two stages and used cultural consensusmodel. First, qualitative interviews were conducted with a convenience sample of 28 Type 2diabetes patients. On the basis of the elicited themes, 21 scenarios on diabetes...
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Conducted in Guadalajara, Mexico, the study focuses on patients' and physicians' beliefs about diabetes causality. The study was conducted in two stages and used cultural consensus model. First, qualitative interviews were conducted with a convenience sample of 28 Type 2 diabetes patients. On the basis of the elicited themes, 21 scenarios on diabet...
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Since the 1990s, methamphetamine manufacturing and use have been spreading into midwestern and southern United States. However, most research on methamphetamine use has been conducted in the western United States. This exploratory study is based on qualitative interviews with 26 people recruited in Dayton, Ohio, for the Ohio Substance Abuse Monitor...
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Diabetes among the Pima: Stories of Survival. Carolyn Smith-Morris. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2006. 210 pp.
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Over the past two decades, the use of crack cocaine has become an enduring part of the social ecology of many cities across the United States. The purpose of this exploratory study is to describe patterns of crack use drawing on life history interviews conducted with 18 women in Dayton, Ohio, between 1998 and 2000. Ten of the women were African Ame...
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Pharmaceutical opioid misuse has been recognized as a growing public health problem across the nation. To develop appropriate treatment and prevention programs, the population of pharmaceutical opioid abusers has to be well understood. This exploratory study is based on qualitative interviews with 24 people in the Dayton/Columbus, Ohio, area. Inter...
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This study was conducted among Type 2 diabetes patients attending Social Security clinics in Guadalajara, Mexico. The goals were to describe cultural models of diabetes causation, assess gender-related differences, and analyze the relationship between cultural knowledge and the status of diabetes control. In the first stage, open-ended interviews w...
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The Ohio Substance Abuse MonitoringNetwork (OSAM) is designed to provide accurate, timely, qualitatively-oriented epidemiologic descriptions of substance abuse trends and emerg,ngproblems in the state's major urban and rural areas. Use of qualitative methods in identifying and assessing substance abuse practices in local communities is one of the m...
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The use of MDMA/Ecstasy has increased among young people in many industrialised nations around the world since the mid-1990s. Although there is a lack of scientific consensus concerning the long-term consequences of Ecstasy use, reducing potential morbidity and mortality is an important public health concern. This article describes how young people...
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Session 3: Community, Organizations, Culture, and Foster Care. Presenter: Raminta Daniulaityte, Ph.D., University of Alabama (2002) - "Thinking About the Causes of Diabetes: Cultural Models, Gender and Individual Adjustment to Type 2 Diabetes in a Mexican Community"
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Thesis (M.A.)--University of Alabama, 1999. Includes bibliographical references (leaves 70-78).

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