MSUToday
Published: July 28, 2020

Improving access to opioid use disorder treatment in underserved communities

Contact(s): Geri Kelley College of Human Medicine office: (616) 233-1678 cell: (616) 350-7976 kelleyg3@msu.edu

The Foundation for Opioid Response Efforts, a private, national organization focused on contributing sustainable and scalable solutions to the opioid crisis, is providing a grant for more than $550,000 to Michigan State University and the University of Maryland College Park to improve access to opioid use disorder treatment for uninsured, low-income and Black/African-American adults in Detroit and Baltimore.

Black/African-Americans have much lower rates of opioid use disorder treatment due to a range of barriers, as documented in a 2020 report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

The grant to MSU, in partnership with the University of Maryland College Park, is part of a nationwide FORE initiative to improve access to lifesaving treatment for opioid use disorder, a need that has become more urgent as COVID-19 presents barriers to care in many communities and more people are at risk for overdose.

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