NIH Funds Study in Four States to Reduce Opioid Related Deaths by 40 Percent Over Three Years

The National Institutes of Health has selected four research sites for the HEALing Communities Study in states hard hit by the opioid crisis. This ambitious study aims to reduce overdose deaths by 40 percent over three years in selected communities by testing a set of proven prevention and treatment interventions.  More than $350 million will support this multi-year study.  Applications included the involvement of community resources such as police departments, faith-based organizations, and schools, with a focus on rural communities and strong partnerships with state and local governments.