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Cornell awarded $650,000 grant to fight opioid abuse

The College of Human Ecology at Cornell University, in partnership with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County, was awarded a three-year $650,000 grant to respond to the opioid epidemic.

The funds come from the William T. Grant Foundation's first Institutional Challenge Grant and were awarded to combat increasing rates of opioid abuse and child maltreatment in low-income, rural communities in upstate New York.

The winning team, led by College of Human Ecology researchers Rachel Dunifon and Laura Tach and CCE-Tompkins program coordinator Anna Steinkraus, will attempt to understand the association between opioid use and child maltreatment rates; examine the role of family drug treatment courts in mitigating child maltreatment; and evaluate evidence-based interventions that may reduce the risk of opioid abuse for low-income youth and families, according to the Cornell University Media Relations Office.

Findings from each study will be used to improve local practices and programs.
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