Study aims to address nation’s opioid crisis



The National Institute of Health selected the University of Kentucky (UK) as one of four research sites for the HEALing Communities Study in four states hard hit by the opioid crisis.

The study will aim to reduce overdose deaths by 40% in three years, in selected Kentucky communities.

UK will receive approximately $87 million to support the multi-year study under a cooperative agreement supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) – part of the National Institutes of Health.

“The Trump Administration recognizes that the most important work to combat our country’s opioid crisis is happening in local communities, where governments, organizations, families, and individuals are coming together to expand access to prevention, treatment, and recovery services,” said HHS Secretary Alex Azar. “The HEALing Communities Study is an exciting, unprecedented effort to support communities in using and expanding our scientific understanding of effective interventions. It is a major new step in local and national efforts that are beginning to turn the tide on this public health crisis.”

“As communities across America continue to suffer from the opioid crisis, a comprehensive approach is needed to help end addiction long-term,” said NIH Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D.  “By testing a suite of evidence-based interventions, not just in health care, but in schools, among first responders, and in the criminal justice system, the HEALing Communities Study will seek to reduce dramatically the number of overdose deaths in those communities, and to create a model for helping communities nationwide.”

Original story

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – Thursday afternoon, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar II will participate in a press conference, launching a study to help reverse the nation’s opioid crisis.

The study will test an integrated community-based approach to address the crisis.

It’s being called the HEALing Communities Study.

It will take place from 1:30-2:15 p.m.

The goal is to decrease opioid overdose deaths by 40% over three years.

Click here to watch the press conference.

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(This story was originally published on April 18, 2019)

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