> RELATED: Opioid overdose emergency room visits, hospitalizations up in Georgia
Opioids were involved in 47,600 overdose deaths nationwide in 2017, more than two-thirds of all drug overdose deaths, according to the Atlanta-based U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Georgia had more than 1,500 deaths that year. President Donald Trump spoke about the problem at a drug summit in April in Atlanta.
“What excites me is that we’ll be able to support and strengthen our training in evidence-based treatments for opioid and substance use disorders for our graduate students, while also providing prevention education to the community,” Bernadette Heckman, principal investigator of the grant and professor in UGA’s College of Education department of counseling and human development services said in a statement. “Students are eager to learn about different kinds of approaches in therapy, which we hope in the long term can fill in some of the gaps in mental health care in our community.”