Authored By: Candace Whitman
According to Reuters, U.S. health officials are making moves to reduce the number of opioid-related overdose deaths by 40 percent over three years in chosen communities in Kentucky, Massachusetts, New York and Ohio.
The National Institutes of Health will be awarding $350 million to research centers at the University of Kentucky, Boston Medical Center, Columbia University and Ohio State University.
The researches will work with communities that have been heavily impacted by the opioid crisis to analyze contributing factors and measure the effectiveness of prevention and treatment methods.
U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary, Alex Azar said, “We believe this effort will show that truly dramatic and material reductions in overdose deaths are possible and provide lessons and models for other communities to adopt and emulate.”
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