Denise Blough

Ohio has room to expand medication-assisted opioid treatment

Medication-assisted treatment is among the most effective approaches to treat opioid dependency, but not as many Ohio clinicians who could be administering drugs like buprenorphine or naltrexone are doing so, found a recent study in the Ohio Journal of Public Health.

Medications have long been used to help patients struggling with addiction through withdrawal or to prevent overdose. And in 2016, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act gave nurse practitioners and physician assistants greater authority to administer these treatments.

15 ways to learn more about diversity this year

The first step to becoming less biased and more open to and inclusive of people from all backgrounds is to become educated.

The College of Public Health has championed this idea through its Community of Inclusion program for students, faculty and staff, which serves to advance participants’ understanding of diversity, equity and inclusive excellence through readings, trainings and other opportunities to expand knowledge.