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Opioid Crisis


Due to the over-use and misuse of prescription opioids, heroin, and most recently the synthetic opioid, fentanyl, the United States is currently facing a major public health emergency, the opioid crisis. Our goal is to expand community clinical practice partnerships to create integrated training and practice experiences and develop an inter-professional training program that prepares students to practice in integrated care settings for opioid use disorder (OUD) in vulnerable populations. Preventing opioid deaths related to overdoses is a priority, thus, the treatment of opioid use disorders (OUD) is also of great concern.

Between 1999 and 2017, all drug related overdose deaths in the United States grew by 416% from about 18,000 persons annually to over 70,000.

In 2017, there were over 47,000 opiod-related deaths in the United States (Centers for Disease Control, 2018).

The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) (2017) reported that 2.1 million Americans had an opioid use disorder.



The ultimate goal of the CISATR project is to improve the ability of different healthcare professionals to work collaboratively in teams for the purpose of improving the quality of patient care and health outcomes for Opioid Use Disorder (OUD), Substance Use Disorder (SUD), mental illness, and/or primary medical care in vulnerable populations, e.g., justice-involved individuals, minorities, adolescents and young adults, transgender individuals, homeless individuals, and low socio-economic status groups.