Ricky Bluthenthal

Ricky Bluthenthal

Professor of Preventive Medicine;Associate Dean for Social Justice
Institute for Health Promotion & Disease Prevention
SSB 302R 2001 N. Soto Street Health Sciences Campus Los Angeles

Vape Shop Retailers’ Perceptions of Their Products, Customers, and Services: A Qualitative Study Tobacco Prevention & Cessation. 2017; 2(Supplement):3. . View in PubMed

HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis Prevention Awareness, Willingness, and Perceived Barriers among People Who Inject Drugs in Los Angeles and San Francisco, CA, 2016-2018 Subst Use Misuse. 2020 Sep 23; 1-11. . View in PubMed

Overdose Education and Naloxone Distribution Within Syringe Service Programs - United States, 2019 MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2020 Aug 21; 69(33):1117-1121. . View in PubMed

Opioid withdrawal symptoms, frequency, and pain characteristics as correlates of health risk among people who inject drugs Drug Alcohol Depend. 2020 Jun 01; 211:107932. . View in PubMed

A Community-Based Mindfulness Intervention Among Latino Adolescents and Their Parents: A Qualitative Feasibility and Acceptability Study J Immigr Minor Health. 2020 Feb 20. . View in PubMed

Needle exchange effectiveness in the midst of multiple injection-related epidemics: commentary on Kåberg et al Infect Dis (Lond). 2020 05; 52(5):347-349. . View in PubMed

Congregational involvement in HIV: A qualitative comparative analysis of factors influencing HIV activity among diverse urban congregations Soc Sci Med. 2020 02; 246:112718. . View in PubMed

Characteristics Associated with Nonmedical Methadone Use among People Who Inject Drugs in California Subst Use Misuse. 2020; 55(3):377-386. . View in PubMed

Initiating Persons into Injection Drug Use in Rural West Virginia, USA Subst Use Misuse. 2020; 55(2):337-344. . View in PubMed

Exploring Religiosity and Spirituality in the Sexual Decision-Making of Black Gay and Bisexual Men J Relig Health. 2019 Oct; 58(5):1792-1802. . View in PubMed

Measures of harm reduction service provision for people who inject drugs Bull World Health Organ. 2019 Sep 01; 97(9):605-611. . View in PubMed

Associations between perceived illicit fentanyl use and infectious disease risks among people who inject drugs Int J Drug Policy. 2019 12; 74:299-304. . View in PubMed

Opioid use and misuse: health impact, prevalence, correlates and interventions Psychol Health. 2019 09; 34(9):1105-1139. . View in PubMed

Correlates of Sexual Coercion among People Who Inject Drugs (PWID) in Los Angeles and San Francisco, CA J Urban Health. 2019 06; 96(3):469-476. . View in PubMed

Factors Associated with Frequency of Recent Initiation of Others into Injection Drug Use Among People Who Inject Drugs in Los Angeles and San Francisco, CA, USA, 2016-17 Subst Use Misuse. 2019; 54(10):1715-1724. . View in PubMed

A Public Health Strategy for the Opioid Crisis Public Health Rep. 2018 Nov/Dec; 133(1_suppl):24S-34S. . View in PubMed

Monitoring Twitter Conversations for Targeted Recruitment in Cancer Trials in Los Angeles County: Protocol for a Mixed-Methods Pilot Study JMIR Res Protoc. 2018 Sep 25; 7(9):e177. . View in PubMed

Tob Regul Sci. 2018 Jul; 4(4):41-49. . View in PubMed

Peer-to-peer injection: Demographic, drug use, and injection-related risk factors Int J Drug Policy. 2018 11; 61:44-51. . View in PubMed

Exploring the preferences of a culturally congruent, peer-based HIV prevention intervention for black men who have sex with men Sex Health. 2018 11; 15(5):424-430. . View in PubMed

Exploring and Adapting a Conceptual Model of Sexual Positioning Practices and Sexual Risk Among HIV-Negative Black Men Who Have Sex With Men J Sex Res. 2018 10; 55(8):1022-1032. . View in PubMed

Latent Classes of Sexual Risk Among Black Men Who Have Sex with Men and Women Arch Sex Behav. 2018 10; 47(7):2071-2080. . View in PubMed

Age Cohort Differences in Sexual Behaviors Among Black Men Who Have Sex With Men and Women J Sex Res. 2018 10; 55(8):1012-1021. . View in PubMed

Harnessing the language of overdose prevention to advance evidence-based responses to the opioid crisis Int J Drug Policy. 2018 05; 55:77-79. . View in PubMed

Efficacy of a Small-Group Intervention for Post-Incarcerated Black Men Who Have Sex with Men and Women (MSMW) J Urban Health. 2018 04; 95(2):159-170. . View in PubMed

HIV Acquisition and Transmission Potential Among African American Men Who Have Sex with Men and Women in Three US. Cities. Arch Sex Behav. 2018 01; 47(1):183-194. . View in PubMed

Differences in time to injection onset by drug in California: Implications for the emerging heroin epidemic Drug Alcohol Depend. 2018 04 01; 185:253-259. . View in PubMed

Direct and indirect effects of parent stress on child obesity risk and added sugar intake in a sample of Southern California adolescents Public Health Nutr. 2017 Dec; 20(18):3285-3294. . View in PubMed

Parents' perceptions of dental care challenges in male children with autism spectrum disorder: An initial qualitative exploration Res Autism Spectr Disord. 2017 Jul; 39:63-72. . View in PubMed

Contextualising family microaggressions and strategies of resilience among young gay and bisexual men of Latino heritage Cult Health Sex. 2017 01; 19(1):107-120. . View in PubMed

Drug use generations and patterns of injection drug use: Birth cohort differences among people who inject drugs in Los Angeles and San Francisco, California Drug Alcohol Depend. 2017 06 01; 175:210-218. . View in PubMed

Parents’ perceptions of dental care challenges in male children with autism spectrum disorder: An initial qualitative exploration Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders. 2017; 39(July 2017):63-72. . View in PubMed

Initiation of Heroin and Prescription Opioid Pain Relievers by Birth Cohort Am J Public Health. 2016 Feb; 106(2):298-300. . View in PubMed

Moral ambivalence and the decision to initiate others into injection drug use: A qualitative study in two California cities Int J Drug Policy. 2016 11; 37:42-51. . View in PubMed

Food insecurity among people who inject drugs in Los Angeles and San Francisco Public Health Nutr. 2016 08; 19(12):2204-12. . View in PubMed

Gender, Ethnicity, and Their Intersectionality in the Prediction of Smoking Outcome Expectancies in Regular Cigarette Smokers Behav Modif. 2016 Jan; 40(1-2):281-302. . View in PubMed

A cost-benefit analysis of a potential supervised injection facility in San Francisco, California, USA Journal of Drug Issues. 2016. . View in PubMed

Oxford Handbook of Acculturation and HealthEdited by Seth J. Schwartz & Jennifer Unger. Acculturation and risky sexual behavior in adolescents and emerging adults from immigrant families. 2016. . View in PubMed

Is cannabis use associated with less opioid use among people who inject drugs? Drug Alcohol Depend. 2015 Aug 01; 153:236-41.. View in PubMed

Next steps in research on injection initiation incidence and prevention Addiction. 2015 Aug; 110(8):1258-9. . View in PubMed

Factors associated with being asked to initiate someone into injection drug use Drug Alcohol Depend. 2015 Apr 01; 149:252-8. . View in PubMed

Drug-related deaths and the sales of needles through pharmacies Drug Alcohol Depend. 2015 Feb 01; 147:229-34. . View in PubMed

Consistency of self-reported drug use events in a mixed methods study of people who inject drugs Am J Drug Alcohol Abuse. 2015; 41(4):332-8. . View in PubMed

Patterns of drug use, risky behavior, and health status among persons who inject drugs living in San Diego, California: a latent class analysis Subst Use Misuse. 2015 Jan; 50(2):205-14. . View in PubMed

Factors associated with initiating someone into illicit drug injection Drug Alcohol Depend. 2014 Nov 01; 144:186-92. . View in PubMed

Characteristics of people who initiate injection drug use later in life Drug Alcohol Depend. 2014 May 01; 138:244-50. . View in PubMed

Abscess and self-treatment among injection drug users at four California syringe exchanges and their surrounding communities Subst Use Misuse. 2013 May; 48(7):523-31. . View in PubMed

The privatization of public safety in urban neighborhoods: Do business improvement districts reduce violent crime among adolescents? . Law and Society Review. 2013; 47(3):621-52.. View in PubMed

Reducing crime by shaping the built environment with zoning: An empirical study of Los Angeles University of Pennsylvania Law Review. 2013; 161:699-757. . View in PubMed

Attitudes and beliefs related to HIV/AIDS in urban religious congregations: barriers and opportunities for HIV-related interventions Soc Sci Med. 2012 May; 74(10):1520-7. . View in PubMed

Non-medical prescription drug use among injection drug users Journal Drug Issues. 2012; 42(3):216-225. . View in PubMed

Assessing geographic and individual level factors associated with arrests among injection drug users in California Health Place. 2011 Nov; 17(6):1258-65. . View in PubMed

Commentary for Li et al, "Sexual transmissibility of HIV among opiates users with concurrent sexual partnerships: An egocentric network study in Yunnan, China. " Addiction. 2011 Oct; 106(10). . View in PubMed

A framework for the specificity of addictions Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2011 08; 8(8):3399-415. . View in PubMed

HIV prevalence and risk among heterosexual methamphetamine injectors in California Subst Use Misuse. 2011; 46(9):1081-9. . View in PubMed

HIV risks and seroprevalence among Mexican American injection drug users in California AIDS Behav. 2011 Jan; 15(1):95-102. . View in PubMed

Cognitive behavioral theories used to explain injection risk behavior among injection drug users: a review and suggestions for the integration of cognitive and environmental models Health Educ Behav. 2010 Aug; 37(4):504-32. . View in PubMed

Access to sterile syringes through San Francisco pharmacies and the association with HIV risk behavior among injection drug users J Urban Health. 2010 Jul; 87(4):534-42. . View in PubMed

Learning about urban congregations and HIV/AIDS: community-based foundations for developing congregational health interventions J Urban Health. 2010 Jul; 87(4):617-30. . View in PubMed

Commentary on Palmateer et al(2010): next steps in the global research agenda on syringe access for injection drug users. Addiction. 2010 May; 105(5):860-1. . View in PubMed

Not enough fruit and vegetables or too many cookies, candies, salty snacks, and soft drinks? Public Health Rep. 2010 Jan-Feb; 125(1):88-95.. View in PubMed

The role of community context in business district revitalization strategies: Business improvement districts in Los Angeles Public Performance and Management Review. 2010; 33(3):436-58. . View in PubMed

Getting the message straight: effects of a brief hepatitis prevention intervention among injection drug users Harm Reduct J. 2009 Dec 15; 6:36. . View in PubMed

Measuring the food environment: shelf space of fruits, vegetables, and snack foods in stores J Urban Health. 2009 Sep; 86(5):672-82. . View in PubMed

Adverse drinking-related consequences among lower income, racial, and ethnic minority drinkers: cross-sectional results Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 2009 Apr; 33(4):645-53. . View in PubMed

Alcohol outlet density and alcohol consumption in Los Angeles county and southern Louisiana Geospat Health. 2008 Nov; 3(1):91-101. . View in PubMed

Alcohol and tobacco marketing: evaluating compliance with outdoor advertising guidelines Am J Prev Med. 2008 Sep; 35(3):203-9. . View in PubMed

Improving coverage and scale-up of HIV prevention, treatment and care for injecting drug users: moving the agenda forward Int J Drug Policy. 2008 Apr; 19 Suppl 1:S1-4. . View in PubMed

Alcohol availability and neighborhood characteristics in Los Angeles, California and southern Louisiana J Urban Health. 2008 Mar; 85(2):191-205. . View in PubMed

Approval of syringe exchange programs in California: results from a local approach to HIV prevention Am J Public Health. 2008 Feb; 98(2):278-83. . View in PubMed

Encyclopedia of Substance Abuse Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery Needle exchange programs. 2008; 629-32. . View in PubMed

Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 2007 Nov; 31(11):1920-6. . View in PubMed

Community characteristics associated with HIV risk among injection drug users in the San Francisco Bay Area: a multilevel analysis J Urban Health. 2007 Sep; 84(5):653-66. . View in PubMed

Higher syringe coverage is associated with lower odds of HIV risk and does not increase unsafe syringe disposal among syringe exchange program clients Drug Alcohol Depend. 2007 Jul 10; 89(2-3):214-22. . View in PubMed

Human immunodeficiency virus and hepatitis C virus testing services at syringe exchange programs: availability and outcomes J Subst Abuse Treat. 2007 Jun; 32(4):423-9. . View in PubMed

Examination of the association between syringe exchange program (SEP) dispensation policy and SEP client-level syringe coverage among injection drug users Addiction. 2007 Apr; 102(4):638-46. . View in PubMed

Coverage of HIV prevention programmes for injection drug users: confusions, aspirations, definitions and ways forward Int J Drug Policy. 2007 Mar; 18(2):92-8. . View in PubMed

A multilevel decomposition approach to estimate the role of program location and neighborhood disadvantage in racial disparities in alcohol treatment completion Soc Sci Med. 2007 Jan; 64(2):462-76. . View in PubMed

HCV and HIV counseling and testing integration in California: an innovative approach to increase HIV counseling and testing rates Public Health Rep. 2007; 122 Suppl 2:68-73. . View in PubMed

Increasing HIV testing among latinos by bundling HIV testing with other tests J Urban Health. 2006 Sep; 83(5):849-59. . View in PubMed

Alcohol outlets, gonorrhea, and the Los Angeles civil unrest: a longitudinal analysis Soc Sci Med. 2006 Jun; 62(12):3062-71. . View in PubMed

Hospital utilization for injection drug use-related soft tissue infections in urban versus rural counties in California J Urban Health. 2006 Mar; 83(2):176-81. . View in PubMed

Building an academic-community partnered network for clinical services research: the Community Health Improvement Collaborative (CHIC) Ethn Dis. 2006; 16(1 Suppl 1):S3-17. . View in PubMed

Condom attitudes and behaviors among injection drug users participating in California syringe exchange programs AIDS Behav. 2005 Dec; 9(4):423-32. . View in PubMed

Characteristics of malt liquor beer drinkers in a low-income, racial minority community sample Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 2005 Mar; 29(3):402-9. . View in PubMed

International Journal of Drug Policy Police crackdownssocietal costand the need for alternative approaches. 2005; 16:137-8. . View in PubMed

Injection risk behaviors among clients of syringe exchange programs with different syringe dispensation policies . 2004 Oct 01; 37(2):1307-12. . View in PubMed

Delivering syringe exchange services through “Satellite Exchangers”: Sacramento Area Needle Exchange International Journal of Drug Policy. 2003; 14(5/6):461-3. . View in PubMed

What is it about needle and syringe exchange programs that make them effective for preventing HIV transmission? . 2003; 14(5/6):361-3.. View in PubMed

Hepatitis-associated knowledge is low and risks are high among HIV-aware injection drug users in three US cities Addiction. 2002 Oct; 97(10):1277-87. . View in PubMed

Factors associated with readiness to change drug use among needle-exchange users Drug Alcohol Depend. 2001 May 01; 62(3):225-30. . View in PubMed

Needle exchange program attendance and injection risk in Providence, Rhode Island AIDS Educ Prev. 2001 Feb; 13(1):78-90. . View in PubMed

Accessing HIV testing and care J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2000 Dec 15; 25 Suppl 2:S151-6. . View in PubMed

From the cell to the community: AIDS research in CaliforniaThe University of California Universitywide AIDS Research Program annual meeting, February 2000. West J Med. 2000 Aug; 173(2):119-24. . View in PubMed

High prevalence of abscesses and cellulitis among community-recruited injection drug users in San Francisco Clin Infect Dis. 2000 Mar; 30(3):579-81. . View in PubMed

Collateral damage in the War on Drugs: HIV risk behaviors among injection drug users The International Journal of Drug Policy. 1999; 10:25-38. . View in PubMed

HIV risk behaviors associated with the injection process: multiperson use of drug injection equipment and paraphernalia in injection drug user networks Subst Use Misuse. 1998 Oct; 33(12):2403-23. . View in PubMed

Harm reduction and needle exchange programmes Lancet. 1998 Jun 13; 351(9118):1819-20. . View in PubMed

HIV seroprevalence among street-recruited injection drug and crack cocaine users in 16 US municipalities Am J Public Health. 1998 Jan; 88(1):108-13. . View in PubMed

Impact of law enforcement on syringe exchange programs: a look at Oakland and San Francisco Med Anthropol. 1997 Dec; 18(1):61-83. . View in PubMed

HIV risk profile of drug-using women who have sex with women in 19 United States cities J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr Hum Retrovirol. 1997 Nov 01; 16(3):211-7. . View in PubMed

HIV seroprevalence in injection drug users JAMA. 1995 Apr 19; 273(15):1178. . View in PubMed

Multimethod research from targeted sampling to HIV risk environments NIDA Res Monogr. 1995; 157:212-30. . View in PubMed

GANGS: The Origins and Impact of Contemporary Youth Gangs in the United States Gang Organization and Migration. 1993; 193-217. . View in PubMed

Ricky N. Bluthenthal, Ph.D. is the Associate Dean for Social Justice and a Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine and the Institute for Prevention Research at the Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California. He received a BA in History and Sociology from the University of California Santa Cruz and a PhD in sociology from the University of California Berkeley. His research has established the effectiveness of syringe exchange programs, tested novel interventions and strategies to reduce HIV risk and improve HIV testing among injection drug users and men who have sex with men, documented how community conditions contribute to health disparities, and examined health policy implementation. His current studies include an observational cohort study of how cannabis legalization impacts use patterns and health outcomes of cannabis and opioids among people who inject drugs and a randomized controlled trial to test the efficacy of a single session intervention to reduce injection initiation risk behaviors among established people who inject drugs. Dr. Bluthenthal has authored or co-authored over 140 articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals such as the American Journal of Public Health, Social Science and Medicine, The Lancet, Addiction, and Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research among others.
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