Carrie L. Wade is responsible for directing R Street’s harm reduction agenda. Her research is primarily interested in how public health initiatives can prevent the incidence of addiction and reduce the negative societal and personal consequences that result from substance use.

She previously worked as a drug abuse researcher at the University of Minnesota and The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California. Her research has focused largely on the intersection of prescription opioid abuse and chronic pain in animal models of opioid self-administration. Using brain-mapping techniques, she studied the role that the basal ganglia perform in the development and maintenance of opioid addiction. Results from these studies have been published in several academic journals. She also worked with the Baltimore Harm Reduction Coalition, which solidified her goal to promote reasonable and efficient drug policies.

Carrie received her bachelor’s degree in neuroscience and doctorate in pharmacology from the University of Minnesota and a master’s in public health from Johns Hopkins University.


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