Internship Program Will Help Address Opioid Epidemic in Underserved Communities

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According to government data, more than 70,000 Americans died in 2017 by overdosing on opioids. In response to the opioid crisis, the US Department of Health and Human Services outlined several key priorities, including improved treatment access, use of overdose-reversing drugs and improved pain management strategies. Now, the University of Missouri has received a $1.2 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration under the Graduate Psychology Education program, which will provide clinical training to doctoral students in underserved Missouri communities affected by the opioid epidemic. “The training program seeks to create the workforce that America needs while paying special attention to high need communities, and in Missouri that means serving rural residents and urban underserved residents,” said Laura Schopp, chair and professor of health psychology and principal investigator for the training program. “Our goal is to ensure that people with opioid use disorder have access to state of the art,...

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