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Substance Use Disorders Institute

Almost every one of us has been impacted. Driven by excessive opioid pain medication use and an unprecedented flood of deadly heroin and fentanyl, drug overdose deaths have skyrocketed, resulting in hundreds of lives lost a day and an epidemic deadlier than the 1990s HIV/AIDS crisis. One in four children lives in a family affected by alcohol or substance misuse.

The costs to individuals, families, and our communities have been devastating. All healthcare professionals should feel called to action to address the public health crisis we face. But gaps in knowledge and training—in addition to pervasive stigma—perpetuate ineffective treatments

The solution: a research- and evidence-based approach.

The Substance Use Disorders Institute (SUDI) at USciences translates science into policy and practice and improves substance use disorders care.

Our work includes

  1. Improving patient care by educating healthcare professionals about substance use disorder risk factors, prevention, treatment, and recovery.

  2. Synthesizing and analyzing scientific evidence.

  3. Providing recommendations to decision-makers to inform healthcare and drug policy choices.

  4. Conducting impactful preclinical, clinical, health policy, and public health research.

With more states requiring healthcare providers to improve their education and credentials, SUDI provides critical training and certification courses.  By convening the top subject matter experts for lecture series and other discussions, SUDI serves as a regional hub for substance use and recovery education, and legislative progress.


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