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Centers for Disease Control to award over $15 million in opioid overdose prevention funds

The resulting research will be used to improve state and local health departments' ability to implement and improve interventions.

Susan Morse, Senior Editor

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is awarding more than $15 million over three years to seven chosen projects that will help prevent opioid overdoses.

The CDC will award $15,750,000, given out as $750,000 per year, for a total of $2,250,000 over the three years. 

A letter of intent is due by April 12 and applications by May 15.

This funding will support research that expands and advances the understanding about what works to prevent opioid overdoses, according to the grant opportunity.

Specifically, the research will either develop and pilot, or rigorously evaluate, novel primary or secondary preventive interventions that address fatal and nonfatal overdoses from prescription or illicit opioids. 

Interventions may include, but are not limited to strategies, programs, or policies that integrate public health and public safety approaches, enhance the coordination of those with opioid use disorder to treatment, improve prescribing behavior, address modifiable risk and protective factors related to the co-use of prescription opioids and heroin, involve employers for intervention delivery, or address social determinants and community barriers to effective prevention or recovery.

The intent of the funding is to build evidence-based knowledge and to encourage scientific collaboration from among a spectrum of disciplines.  The research will be used to improve state and local health departments' ability to implement and improve interventions.

Eligible applicants include non-profit organizations, for-profits, small businesses, cities and towns, private, public or state controlled institutions, higher education and Native American tribal organizations.

Twitter: @SusanJMorse
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