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Leonid Beletsky

TitleAssistant Adjunct Professor
InstitutionUniversity of California San Diego
DepartmentMedicine
Address9500 Gilman Drive #0849
La Jolla CA 92093
Phone619-543-0882
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    Police Training to Reduce Occupational Needlesticks and HIV among Substance Users
    NIH/NIDA R01DA039073Apr 1, 2015 - Jan 31, 2020
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Borquez A, Beletsky L, Nosyk B, Strathdee SA, Madrazo A, Abramovitz D, Rafful C, Morales M, Cepeda J, Panagiotoglou D, Krebs E, Vickerman P, Claude Boily M, Thomson N, Martin NK. The effect of public health-oriented drug law reform on HIV incidence in people who inject drugs in Tijuana, Mexico: an epidemic modelling study. Lancet Public Health. 2018 Aug 16. PMID: 30122559.
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    2. Beletsky L, Baker P, Arredondo J, Emuka A, Goodman-Meza D, Medina-Mora ME, Werb D, Davidson P, Amon JJ, Strathdee S, Magis-Rodriguez C. The global health and equity imperative for safe consumption facilities. Lancet. 2018 Aug 18; 392(10147):553-554. PMID: 30152386.
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    3. Fiscella K, Wakeman SE, Beletsky L. Implementing Opioid Agonist Treatment in Correctional Facilities. JAMA Intern Med. 2018 Jul 30. PMID: 30073242.
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    4. Cepeda JA, Eritsyan K, Vickerman P, Lyubimova A, Shegay M, Odinokova V, Beletsky L, Borquez A, Hickman M, Beyrer C, Martin NK. Potential impact of implementing and scaling up harm reduction and antiretroviral therapy on HIV prevalence and mortality and overdose deaths among people who inject drugs in two Russian cities: a modelling study. Lancet HIV. 2018 Jul 19. PMID: 30033374.
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    5. Hadland SE, Beletsky L. Tighter prescribing regulations drive illicit opioid sales. BMJ. 2018 Jun 13; 361:k2480. PMID: 29898950.
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    6. Beletsky L. 21st Century Cures for the Opioid Crisis: Promise, Impact, and Missed Opportunities. Am J Law Med. 2018 May; 44(2-3):359-385. PMID: 30106650.
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    7. Kinnard EN, Philbin MM, Beletsky L. Government Actions to Curb the Opioid Epidemic. JAMA. 2018 04 17; 319(15):1619-1620. PMID: 29677294.
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    8. Rafful C, Orozco R, Rangel G, Davidson P, Werb D, Beletsky L, Strathdee SA. Increased non-fatal overdose risk associated with involuntary drug treatment in a longitudinal study with people who inject drugs. Addiction. 2018 Jun; 113(6):1056-1063. PMID: 29333664.
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    9. Beletsky L. Using Choice Architecture to Integrate Substance Use Services with Primary Care: Commentary on Donohue et al. J Addict Med. 2018 Feb; 12(1):1-3. PMID: 29369949.
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    10. Curfman GD, Beletsky L, Sarpatwari A. Benefits, Limitations, and Value of Abuse-Deterrent Opioids. JAMA Intern Med. 2018 Jan 01; 178(1):131-132. PMID: 29228102.
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    11. Dasgupta N, Beletsky L, Ciccarone D. Opioid Crisis: No Easy Fix to Its Social and Economic Determinants. Am J Public Health. 2018 Feb; 108(2):182-186. PMID: 29267060.
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    12. Cepeda JA, Strathdee SA, Arredondo J, Mittal ML, Rocha T, Morales M, Clairgue E, Bustamante E, Abramovitz D, Artamonova I, Bañuelos A, Kerr T, Magis-Rodriguez CL, Beletsky L. Assessing police officers' attitudes and legal knowledge on behaviors that impact HIV transmission among people who inject drugs. Int J Drug Policy. 2017 Dec; 50:56-63. PMID: 29028564.
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    13. Beletsky L. Using Choice Architecture to Integrate Substance Use Services with Primary Care: Commentary on Donohue et al. (2017). J Addict Med. 2017 Nov 20. PMID: 29189294.
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    14. Beletsky L, Davis CS. Today's fentanyl crisis: Prohibition's Iron Law, revisited. Int J Drug Policy. 2017 08; 46:156-159. PMID: 28735773.
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    15. Pinedo M, Beletsky L, Alamillo N, Ojeda VD. Health-damaging policing practices among persons who inject drugs in Mexico: Are deported migrants at greater risk? Int J Drug Policy. 2017 08; 46:41-46. PMID: 28601020.
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    16. Al-Moujahed A, Alahdab F, Abolaban H, Beletsky L. Polio in Syria: Problem still not solved. Avicenna J Med. 2017 Apr-Jun; 7(2):64-66. PMID: 28469988.
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    17. Davis C, Green T, Beletsky L. Action, Not Rhetoric, Needed to Reverse the Opioid Overdose Epidemic. J Law Med Ethics. 2017 03; 45(1_suppl):20-23. PMID: 28661292.
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    18. Fiscella K, Beletsky L, Wakeman SE. The Inmate Exception and Reform of Correctional Health Care. Am J Public Health. 2017 Mar; 107(3):384-385. PMID: 28177816.
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    19. Cepeda JA, Beletsky L, Sawyer A, Serio-Chapman C, Smelyanskaya M, Han J, Robinowitz N, Sherman SG. Occupational Safety in the Age of the Opioid Crisis: Needle Stick Injury among Baltimore Police. J Urban Health. 2017 Feb; 94(1):100-103. PMID: 28105586.
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    20. Wood EF, Werb D, Beletsky L, Rangel G, Cuevas Mota J, Garfein RS, Strathdee SA, Wagner KD. Differential experiences of Mexican policing by people who inject drugs residing in Tijuana and San Diego. Int J Drug Policy. 2017 03; 41:132-139. PMID: 28111221.
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    21. Gaines TL, Werb D, Arredondo J, Alaniz VM, Vilalta C, Beletsky L. The Spatial-Temporal Pattern of Policing Following a Drug Policy Reform: Triangulating Self-Reported Arrests With Official Crime Statistics. Subst Use Misuse. 2017 Jan 28; 52(2):214-222. PMID: 27767367.
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    22. Davis CS, Burris S, Beletsky L, Binswanger I. Co-prescribing naloxone does not increase liability risk. Subst Abus. 2016 Oct-Dec; 37(4):498-500. PMID: 27648764.
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    23. Beletsky L, Arredondo J, Werb D, Vera A, Abramovitz D, Amon JJ, Brouwer KC, Strathdee SA, Gaines TL. Utilization of Google enterprise tools to georeference survey data among hard-to-reach groups: strategic application in international settings. Int J Health Geogr. 2016 07 28; 15(1):24. PMID: 27468764; PMCID: PMC4964042.
    24. Mittal ML, Beletsky L, Patiño E, Abramovitz D, Rocha T, Arredondo J, Bañuelos A, Rangel G, Strathdee SA. Prevalence and correlates of needle-stick injuries among active duty police officers in Tijuana, Mexico. J Int AIDS Soc. 2016; 19(4 Suppl 3):20874. PMID: 27435711; PMCID: PMC4951532.
    25. Coffin P, Rich J, Dailey M, Stancliff S, Beletsky L. While we dither, people continue to die from overdose: Comments on 'Clinical provision of improvised nasal naloxone without experimental testing and without regulatory approval: imaginative shortcut or dangerous bypass of essential safety procedures?'. Addiction. 2016 Oct; 111(10):1880-1. PMID: 27412566.
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    26. Werb D, Strathdee SA, Vera A, Arredondo J, Beletsky L, Gonzalez-Zuniga P, Gaines T. Spatial patterns of arrests, police assault and addiction treatment center locations in Tijuana, Mexico. Addiction. 2016 Jul; 111(7):1246-56. PMID: 26879179; PMCID: PMC4899159 [Available on 07/01/17].
    27. Werb D, Strathdee SA, Meza E, Rangel Gomez MG, Palinkas L, Medina-Mora ME, Beletsky L. Institutional stakeholder perceptions of barriers to addiction treatment under Mexico's drug policy reform. Glob Public Health. 2017 05; 12(5):519-530. PMID: 28278755.
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    28. Strathdee SA, Arredondo J, Rocha T, Abramovitz D, Rolon ML, Patiño Mandujano E, Rangel MG, Olivarria HO, Gaines T, Patterson TL, Beletsky L. A police education programme to integrate occupational safety and HIV prevention: protocol for a modified stepped-wedge study design with parallel prospective cohorts to assess behavioural outcomes. BMJ Open. 2015 Aug 10; 5(8):e008958. PMID: 26260350; PMCID: PMC4538275.
    29. Beletsky L, Cochrane J, Sawyer AL, Serio-Chapman C, Smelyanskaya M, Han J, Robinowitz N, Sherman SG. Police Encounters Among Needle Exchange Clients in Baltimore: Drug Law Enforcement as a Structural Determinant of Health. Am J Public Health. 2015 Sep; 105(9):1872-9. PMID: 26180948; PMCID: PMC4539845.
    30. Davis CS, Carr D, Southwell JK, Beletsky L. Engaging Law Enforcement in Overdose Reversal Initiatives: Authorization and Liability for Naloxone Administration. Am J Public Health. 2015 Aug; 105(8):1530-7. PMID: 26066921.
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    31. Gaines TL, Beletsky L, Arredondo J, Werb D, Rangel G, Vera A, Brouwer K. Examining the spatial distribution of law enforcement encounters among people who inject drugs after implementation of Mexico's drug policy reform. J Urban Health. 2015 Apr; 92(2):338-51. PMID: 25300503; PMCID: PMC4411320.
    32. Beletsky L. The benefits and potential drawbacks in the approval of EVZIO for lay reversal of opioid overdose. Am J Prev Med. 2015 Mar; 48(3):357-9. PMID: 25547930; PMCID: PMC4339419.
    33. Mackey TK, Werb D, Beletsky L, Rangel G, Arredondo J, Strathdee SA. Mexico's "ley de narcomenudeo" drug policy reform and the international drug control regime. Harm Reduct J. 2014 Nov 14; 11(1):31. PMID: 25395346; PMCID: PMC4234880.
    34. Strathdee SA, Beletsky L, Kerr T. HIV, drugs and the legal environment. Int J Drug Policy. 2015 Feb; 26 Suppl 1:S27-32. PMID: 25265900; PMCID: PMC4346482.
    35. Hammett TM, Phan S, Gaggin J, Case P, Zaller N, Lutnick A, Kral AH, Fedorova EV, Heimer R, Small W, Pollini R, Beletsky L, Latkin C, Des Jarlais DC. Pharmacies as providers of expanded health services for people who inject drugs: a review of laws, policies, and barriers in six countries. BMC Health Serv Res. 2014 Jun 17; 14:261. PMID: 24938376; PMCID: PMC4070647.
    36. Werb D, Mora ME, Beletsky L, Rafful C, Mackey T, Arredondo J, Strathdee SA. Mexico's drug policy reform: cutting edge success or crisis in the making? Int J Drug Policy. 2014 Sep; 25(5):823-5. PMID: 24974368; PMCID: PMC4169748.
    37. Kiknadze N, Beletsky L. Overview of the gaps in the health care legislation in Georgia: short-, medium-, and long-term priorities. Health Hum Rights. 2013 Dec 12; 15(2):32-40. PMID: 24421165.
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    38. Alcheva G, Gerovski F, Beletsky L. Implementation of patients' rights legislation in the Republic of Macedonia: gaps and disparities. Health Hum Rights. 2013 Dec 12; 15(2):20-31. PMID: 24421164.
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    39. Banta-Green CJ, Beletsky L, Schoeppe JA, Coffin PO, Kuszler PC. Police officers' and paramedics' experiences with overdose and their knowledge and opinions of Washington State's drug overdose-naloxone-Good Samaritan law. J Urban Health. 2013 Dec; 90(6):1102-11. PMID: 23900788; PMCID: PMC3853169.
    40. Bruce RD, Beletsky L, Stancliff S. The reply. Am J Med. 2013 Nov; 126(11):e17. PMID: 24157293.
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    41. Bruce RD, Beletsky L, Stancliff S, Bowman S. The reply. Am J Med. 2013 Nov; 126(11):e21-2. PMID: 24157295.
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    42. Beletsky L, Heller D, Jenness SM, Neaigus A, Gelpi-Acosta C, Hagan H. Syringe access, syringe sharing, and police encounters among people who inject drugs in New York City: a community-level perspective. Int J Drug Policy. 2014 Jan; 25(1):105-11. PMID: 23916801; PMCID: PMC3842392.
    43. Beletsky L, Thomas R, Shumskaya N, Artamonova I, Smelyanskaya M. Police education as a component of national HIV response: lessons from Kyrgyzstan. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2013 Nov; 132 Suppl 1:S48-52. PMID: 23896307; PMCID: PMC3825798.
    44. Bowman S, Eiserman J, Beletsky L, Stancliff S, Bruce RD. Reducing the health consequences of opioid addiction in primary care. Am J Med. 2013 Jul; 126(7):565-71. PMID: 23664112.
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    45. Beletsky L, Lozada R, Gaines T, Abramovitz D, Staines H, Vera A, Rangel G, Arredondo J, Strathdee SA. Syringe confiscation as an HIV risk factor: the public health implications of arbitrary policing in Tijuana and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. J Urban Health. 2013 Apr; 90(2):284-98. PMID: 22806453; PMCID: PMC3675719.
    46. Beletsky L, Walley AY, Rich JD. Opioid overdose fatality prevention--reply. JAMA. 2013 Mar 06; 309(9):874. PMID: 23462779.
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    47. Fedorova EV, Skochilov RV, Heimer R, Case P, Beletsky L, Grau LE, Kozlov AP, Shaboltas AV. Access to syringes for HIV prevention for injection drug users in St. Petersburg, Russia: syringe purchase test study. BMC Public Health. 2013 Mar 01; 13:183. PMID: 23452390; PMCID: PMC3616994.
    48. Beletsky L, Thomas R, Smelyanskaya M, Artamonova I, Shumskaya N, Dooronbekova A, Mukambetov A, Doyle H, Tolson R. Policy reform to shift the health and human rights environment for vulnerable groups: the case of Kyrgyzstan's Instruction 417. Health Hum Rights. 2012 Dec 15; 14(2):34-48. PMID: 23568946.
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    49. Beletsky L, Rich JD, Walley AY. Prevention of fatal opioid overdose. JAMA. 2012 Nov 14; 308(18):1863-4. PMID: 23150005; PMCID: PMC3551246.
    50. Silverman B, Davis CS, Graff J, Bhatti U, Santos M, Beletsky L. Harmonizing disease prevention and police practice in the implementation of HIV prevention programs: Up-stream strategies from Wilmington, Delaware. Harm Reduct J. 2012 May 16; 9:17. PMID: 22591836; PMCID: PMC3477111.
    51. Beletsky L, Martinez G, Gaines T, Nguyen L, Lozada R, Rangel G, Vera A, McCauley HL, Sorensen A, Strathdee SA. Mexico's northern border conflict: collateral damage to health and human rights of vulnerable groups. Rev Panam Salud Publica. 2012 May; 31(5):403-10. PMID: 22767041; PMCID: PMC3660986.
    52. Green TC, Martin EG, Bowman SE, Mann MR, Beletsky L. Life after the ban: an assessment of US syringe exchange programs' attitudes about and early experiences with federal funding. Am J Public Health. 2012 May; 102(5):e9-16. PMID: 22420810; PMCID: PMC3484785.
    53. Beletsky L, Agrawal A, Moreau B, Kumar P, Weiss-Laxer N, Heimer R. Police training to align law enforcement and HIV prevention: preliminary evidence from the field. Am J Public Health. 2011 Nov; 101(11):2012-5. PMID: 21940924; PMCID: PMC3222387.
    54. Strathdee SA, Lozada R, Martinez G, Vera A, Rusch M, Nguyen L, Pollini RA, Uribe-Salas F, Beletsky L, Patterson TL. Social and structural factors associated with HIV infection among female sex workers who inject drugs in the Mexico-US border region. PLoS One. 2011 Apr 25; 6(4):e19048. PMID: 21541349; PMCID: PMC3081836.
    55. Beletsky L, Grau LE, White E, Bowman S, Heimer R. The roles of law, client race and program visibility in shaping police interference with the operation of US syringe exchange programs. Addiction. 2011 Feb; 106(2):357-65. PMID: 21054615; PMCID: PMC3088513.
    56. Green TC, Bluthenthal RN, Singer M, Beletsky L, Grau LE, Marshall P, Heimer R. Prevalence and predictors of transitions to and away from syringe exchange use over time in 3 US cities with varied syringe dispensing policies. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2010 Sep 01; 111(1-2):74-81. PMID: 20537814; PMCID: PMC3087197.
    57. Davis CS, Beletsky L. Bundling occupational safety with harm reduction information as a feasible method for improving police receptiveness to syringe access programs: evidence from three U.S. cities. Harm Reduct J. 2009 Jul 14; 6:16. PMID: 19602236; PMCID: PMC2716314.
    58. Beletsky L, Davis CS, Anderson E, Burris S. The law (and politics) of safe injection facilities in the United States. Am J Public Health. 2008 Feb; 98(2):231-7. PMID: 18172151; PMCID: PMC2376869.
    59. Beletsky L, Ruthazer R, Macalino GE, Rich JD, Tan L, Burris S. Physicians' knowledge of and willingness to prescribe naloxone to reverse accidental opiate overdose: challenges and opportunities. J Urban Health. 2007 Jan; 84(1):126-36. PMID: 17146712; PMCID: PMC2078257.
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