WVU preparing social work professionals to deal with opioid addiction

Deana Morrow (Source: WVU)
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (WDTV)-- West Virginia University is focusing on training social work professionals to deal with opioid addiction and recovery, according to WVU.

According to WVU's Director of the School of Social Work Deana Morrow, the state has an alarming shortage of mental health professionals to provide treatment for people coping with addiction and recovery.

“Through funding from the West Virginia State Opioid Response grant, the WVU School of Social Work is preparing social work scholars to work on the front lines of addiction treatment," said Morrow. "Together, we will diminish the human and economic toll of addiction on West Virginia families and communities.”

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, West Virginia has the highest rate of opioid related deaths in the country.