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The National Institute of Health (NIH) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) have launched the HEALing (Helping to End Addiction Long-term) Communities study. In short, the study is a results-based intervention aimed at reducing overdose-related deaths by 40% over the course of five years. The HEALing Communities Study unites scientists, community organizations, and the public to address OUD by improving navigation services that connect people to care; increasing overdose education and distribution of naloxone; reducing drug-related stigma; and creating systems to track opioid use/overdose and available services.

Phase One of this study began in 2019 in Massachusetts, New York, Ohio, and Kentucky with a focus in select rural and urban communities. The MATTERS (Medications for Addiction Treatment and Electronic Referrals) Network aligns perfectly with the goals and objectives of the HEALing Communities Study, as it prioritizes rapid access to medication for opioid use disorder.

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