DoD, WVU researchers combat opioid crises

Researchers from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) and West Virginia University (WVU) have joined together to combat the growing opioid epidemic.

West Virginia has been hard hit by the opioid crisis. The state’s indigent burial fund has run out of money six years in a row due to overdose deaths, and many counties see over 10% of residents are addicted to opioids. In response to this, WVU reached out to USU’s Defense and Veterans Center for Integrative Pain Management, which has had success combating the misuse of opioids in the military.

The two universities’ agreement will allow researchers from USU to use the tools they’ve developed to address opioid misuse in the military in a civilian environment. “Our partnership allows us to… expand treatment options for our state’s residents to successfully combat opioid misuse,” said Clay Marsh, M.D., WVU health sciences vice president and executive dean.

For more information on this topic, please follow the links below.
Military Researchers Collaborate With University on Opioid Crisis, Department of Defense
WVU, Uniformed Services University form unique collaboration to combat the opioid epidemic, West Virginia University

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