URMC Psychiatry Dept. awarded $6.7 million grant to fight rural opioid abuse

Big money is coming to study the rural opioid fight.

The University of Rochester Medical Center has received a $6.7 million federal grant, which will help rural communities use evidence-based practices to overcome opioid abuse.

The grant is one of three given to Rural Centers of Excellence on Substance Use Disorder.

Leaders in substance use disorder and rural medicine from the UR Medicine Recovery Center of Excellence will partner with community leaders and health care providers across 23 counties in New York, Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia.

“Part of our charge involves looking beyond the crisis, at the underlying factors like pain management, economic despair, education and opportunity, which may lay a foundation in which epidemics like this can take hold,” said Michele Lawrence, associate vice president of Regional Development for URMC to 13WHAM-TV. “We need to think about how to better prevent and respond to those conditions, in order to foster the hope patients, families and communities need to move forward leading healthy, productive lives.”

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