AHRQ Awards Grants To Address Opioid Abuse
Today, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) announced a series of grants to support rural primary care practices in delivering medication assisted treatment (MAT) for people addicted to opioids and to study how to overcome barriers to increasing access to MAT in rural communities. MAT is an evidence-based therapy for assisting people with opioid addiction and involves using both medications and behavioral support to empower people to manage their addiction. AHRQ is investing approximately $9M over three years in this initiative. Through these grants, rural primary care practices will provide access to MAT to over 20,000 individuals struggling with opioid addiction. They will provide support to practices using both in-person practice facilitation and innovative technology including patient-controlled smart phone apps and remote training and expert consultation using Project ECHO. To learn more, visitAHRQ’s National Center for Excellence in Primary Care Research.