Psychiatry organization awarded $32M to fight opioids

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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recently awarded the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP) $32 million over two years to address opioid-use disorders and stimulant-use disorders.

Funding will be used for the Opioid Response Network initiative, which has provided more than 3 million people with education and training to mitigate opioid use since its founding in 2018.

Individuals, organizations, and governments can request education and training tailored specifically to meet their needs.

The initiative is a coalition of AAAP and 40 national professional organizations. The coalition is lead by the Columbia University Division on Substance Use Disorders and the Addiction Technology Transfer Center at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

“Funding to address the opioid epidemic through localized, evidence-based approaches in the prevention, treatment, and recovery of opioid use disorders, stimulant use, and other substance use disorders is critical to real change,” Kathryn Cates-Wessel, Opioid Response Network principal investigator and AAAP CEO, said. “Opioid use disorder remains a serious public health concern and appears to have been exacerbated during the current COVID-19 crisis, which is believed to have caused increases in substance use, overdose, depression, anxiety, and suicide.”

SAMHSA requires the network to expand its resources to provide more educational services on stimulant use.

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