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OSU-CHS Establishes Center For Opioid Research, Recovery



The Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences has announced the establishment of the OSU Center for Wellness and Recovery to combat the impact of opioid addiction in Oklahoma. Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the U.S.

The mission of the OSU Center for Wellness and Recovery is to champion a comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach to addiction and pain management through research, education and clinical care.

The OSU Center for Wellness and Recovery will enable the OSU Center for Health Sciences to play an even larger role in combating the opioid crisis in Oklahoma, says Kayse Shrum, D.O., president, OSU Center for Health Sciences and dean, OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine. “As an academic health center, OSU Center for Health Sciences is committed to taking a leading role in battling the opioid addiction epidemic afflicting Oklahomans and their families. We have assets such as clinical expertise, research capability and educational resources that can be deployed to help curtail the misuse and abuse of opioids.”

In 2014, OSU-CHS was one of the first few medical schools nationwide to add an Addiction Medicine course to its medical school curriculum. In 2016, mandated clinical rotations at partnering agency 12&12, Inc. were embedded into the medical school curriculum. Most recently, OSU-CHS launched Project ECHO Addiction Clinic to push addiction treatment knowledge and pain management therapies out to rural areas.

The OSU Center for Wellness and Recovery will focus research projects on critical areas such as addiction psychology, the role of the brain in perceiving and managing pain, opioid-related public policy, and alternative modalities for treating chronic pain.

Opioid Facts
Oklahoma is first in the nation for non-medical use of prescription drugs.

In 2015, enough opioids were prescribed in Oklahoma for every adult to have 100 pills
More Oklahoma adults age 25-64 die of unintentional prescription opioid overdoses than motor vehicle crashes.

Oklahoma has the 18th highest drug overdose death rate in the nation in 2015.
“The state of Oklahoma, like much of the nation, is in a crisis because of the opioid epidemic,” says Attorney General Mike Hunter. “I applaud the OSU Center for Health Sciences for being a leader in helping us find a solution by investing in new research and strategies for prevention and treatment.”

“Our Project ECHO Addiction Clinic is uniquely positioned to reach into the rural areas hit hardest by opioid dependency. Through ECHO, OSU-CHS is using videoconferencing technology to equip rural primary care providers with the knowledge and the skills they need to help their patients manage pain and to overcome opioid addiction. This will go a long way with increasing patient access in rural Oklahoma to addiction treatment and pain management services,” says Jason Beaman, D.O., chair, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at OSU-CHS.

As part of the overall strategic goals for the OSU Center for Wellness and Recovery, OSU Center for Health Sciences plans to open an addiction clinic in Tulsa in 2018, to establish an Addiction Medicine Fellowship for the training of future addiction specialists, and to conduct groundbreaking research in all aspects of pain management and addiction.

Updated 12-15-2017

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