New Jersey to get $625k in grants for Substance Use Disorder research

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U.S. Rep. Donald Norcross (D-NJ) said Tuesday Rowan University will receive $625,541 in funding from two federal grants to study and treat substance use disorder.

The grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will allow students at the university to increase treatment for those with substance use disorders and increase research on the relationship between substance abuse and sexual assault.

“As America faces the health and economic crises brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, this federal funding will help our neighbors who are also struggling with addiction, as well as those impacted by sexual assault,” Norcross, Vice-Chair of the Bipartisan Opioid Task Force, said. “These grants will provide Rowan University with the resources to study these areas and research solutions to ensure that all affected by these issues, including survivors and those in recovery, have the necessary support during their journey of healing and recovery. Rowan continues to use their research facilities to make our communities healthier and stronger, and I look forward to seeing the innovative work that will be done right here in South Jersey.”

The grant funding will be split with $425,541, going to the university to support research into the intersection between alcohol abuse and sexual assault. The remaining $200,000 will go to the Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine to expand their treatment capacity for those with substance use disorders.

“We are truly ecstatic to hear that we are the recipient of a Mental Health and Substance Abuse service grant from the Department of Health and Human Services. This award will help us to enhance our training and education for our medical students in the treatment of substance abuse disorders,” said Dr. Thomas Cavalieri, the Dean of Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine. “It will also enable us to impact nationally by providing our expertise to the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners, which is a pathway for physicians to be licensed. Through this award, future physicians will be better equipped to recognize and treat patients afflicted with addiction. We are very grateful to Congressman Norcross for his commitment to combat addiction, which is a major health care crisis in South Jersey and the nation.”

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