2017-08-23 / News

WVU project on drug injection risks gets federal grant

West Virginia University’s Rural West Virginia Responds to Opioid Injection Epidemics: From Data to Action project has received $525,031 in new federal funding to address the opioid crisis in rural regions.

The project will receive the grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), in partnership with several other federal agencies, to develop comprehensive approaches to prevent and treat consequences of opioid injection, including substance use disorder, overdose, HIV, hepatitis B and C virus infections, as well as sexually transmitted diseases.

The West Virginia University project will work with state and local communities to develop best practice responses that can be implemented by public health systems in the nation’s rural regions.

The grants are co-funded by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

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