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Florida International: Selected by The National Council for Behavioral Health to Participate in Opioid Learning Collaborative

The School of Social Work, part of the Florida International University Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work, has been selected out of more than 100 universities nationwide to participate in The National Council for Behavioral Health’s learning collaborative on the opioid epidemic.

Opioid use has been a health crisis in the United States since the use of prescription opioids, heroin, and the synthetic opioid substitute fentanyl reached epidemic proportions over the past couple of decades. While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced a decline in overdose-related deaths this year, there are still more than 2 million individuals who are estimated to have a substance use disorder related to opioids and an estimated 130 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose.

“Social workers are critical players on the front lines of the opioid epidemic,” said Ms. Jennifer Abeloff, associate director of the School of Social Work. “We are the counselors, therapists, and case managers who work with individuals impacted as well as their families and communities.”

The “Social Workers on the Front Lines of the Opioid Epidemic Learning Collaborative” is designed to enhance social workers’ skills in the field when dealing with the many-faceted approach to working with individuals and communities who are dealing with the opioid crisis.

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