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Providence, RI, September 12, 2014- The American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP) has been awarded a $3 million grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to train healthcare professionals to use evidence-based practices in treating opioid dependence.

The three-year project, entitled The Providers’ Clinical Support System—Opioid Therapies (PCSS-O), begins in September 2014. AAAP will lead a consortium of national professional organizations — Addiction Technology Transfer Centers, American Academy of Neurology, American Academy of Pain Medicine, American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Physicians, American Dental Association, American Medical Association, American Osteopathic Academy of Addiction Medicine, American Psychiatric Association, American Society for Pain Management Nursing, International Nurses Society on Addictions, and Southeast Consortium for Substance Abuse Training — in conducting PCSS-O.

“This funding will allow us to offer providers from diverse healthcare backgrounds free and accessible science-based clinical training in how to treat pain, identify patients at risk for opioid addiction, and effectively treat opioid addiction,” says Kevin Sevarino, MD, PhD, medical director of PCSS-O.

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