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WVU focusing on preparing social work professionals to deal with opioid addiction

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Director of the School of Social Work, Deana Morrow says WVU is training social work professionals to help address the opioid crisis.

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The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that West Virginia has the highest rate of opioid-related deaths in the United States; also alarming, the state has a shortage of mental health professionals to provide treatment for people coping with addiction and recovery, according to West Virginia University expert Deana Morrow

Deana Morrow audio file: The National Institutes of Health

“Through funding from the West Virginia State Opioid Response grant, the WVU School of Social Work is preparing social work scholars to work on the front lines of addiction treatment. We are also developing addiction training for community-based mental health professionals so that they can more fully deliver evidence-based interventions for treating addiction. Together, we will diminish the human and economic toll of addiction on West Virginia families and communities.” — Deana Morrow, director, WVU School of Social Work

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