On behalf of the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP), the medical specialty society representing more than 1600 Addiction Psychiatrists specializing in the treatment of substance use disorders and co-occurring psychiatric disorders, we thank you for the opportunity to provide comments on the interest of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in a multi-site national research effort to investigate implementation of sustainable community approaches to address the opioid epidemic. As an organization, we are dedicated to educating health professionals on evidence-based practices in the prevention, identification and treatment of substance use disorders and co-occurring psychiatric disorders.

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