Funding will support Ohio universities’ research on overdose deaths

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WASHINGTON (WDTN) – U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman announced Thursday that several Ohio universities, including Wright State, will receive a total of $65.9 million in federal funding to help address the addiction crisis.

The Ohio State University, the University of Cincinnati, University of Toledo, Wright State University, and Case Western University will receive the funding over the next four years beginning with Thursday’s first installment of $13,186,682.

Ohio is one of four states to receive this funding through the National Institute of Health (NIH)’s HEALing Communities Study.

The study aims to reduce overdose deaths by 40 percent over three years in certain communities by testing a set of proven prevention and treatment interventions.

Ohio is currently at the epicenter of the national addiction crisis and had an overdose death rate of 46.3 per 100,000 individuals in 2017 according to the CDC, one of the highest in the country.

“On average, 14 Ohioans die every day due to an opioid overdose. We must be doing everything in our power to fight this crisis on all fronts,” said Brown. “Over the next four years, this federal funding will provide a critical investment in the ground-breaking research happening at OSU and other institutions across the state to better prevent and treat addiction through traditional and creative approaches.”

“This is great news for Ohio and our efforts to address the crisis of addiction in urban, suburban and rural areas of our state,” said Portman. “This funding will be used to implement a comprehensive approach to address this epidemic and I know it will make a real difference in our state. I want to thank NIH, Ohio State and its partner universities and I look forward to seeing the results of this ground-breaking study.”

The multi-year study will be conducted under a cooperative agreement supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health. The study is being carried out in partnership with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), which provides support for many of the local prevention, treatment, and recovery support services to be studied.

In addition to Ohio, Kentucky, New York, and Massachusetts are also receiving funding through the HEALing Communities Study.

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