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Timeline of Progress

OSU recognizes the devastating opioid crisis that affects milions across the U.S. and has dedicated resources to save lives and provide hope to those suffering from addictive behavior disorders. Since 2013, OSU has been developing addiction medicine initiatives to treat and prevent addictive behaviors through dynamic research, medical education, and innovative patient care models.


Addiction Medicine Conference and State of Addiction

In September, NCWR added a sixth day to the Addiction Medicine Conference with Addiction in Native America. 2020’s conference included the State of Addiction panel moderated by Oklahoma Attorney General, Mike Hunter.


Virtual Addiction Treatment Services Launched



Addiction Medicine Conference and Inaugural State of Addiction

In September, NCWR launched the Addiction Medicine Conference, a five-day conference on the OSU Center for Health Sciences campus for practicing physicians. Topics focused on Addiction & Law, Update in Addiction Medicine, the Addiction Medicine Review Course, and included our inaugural State of Addiction Conference. 


Addiction Medicine Fellowship Established


Addiction Medicine Grand Rounds

CWR launched bimonthly lunch and learns on various aspects of addiction medicine. Topics range from research to clinical care. All events are free and open to the public.



Opioid Epidemic Response

NCWR received a $1.4 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control through the Oklahoma State Department of Health to increase rural communities’ awareness of the dangers of opioid misuse. 


Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) Training for
Residents and Practicing Physicians

NCWR received a $440,000, three-year federal grant enabling NCWR to provide all second-year OSU physician residents with MAT training and to train practicing physicians in MAT. More Information


Addiction Medicine Clinic Opened

To meet the growing demand for addiction services, OSU Medicine opened our Addiction Medicine Clinic in August to provide patients with comprehensive outpatient treatment options and services. More Information


Legacy Plaza Gift from The Anne & Henry Zarrow Foundation Announced


Hazelden Betty Form Partnership Established


National Center for Wellness & Recovery (NCWR) Established


Addiction Medicine Fellowship

OSU Medicine received approval to offer a fellowship in addiction medicine starting in the summer of 2019. More Information



Rural Opioid Addiction Summits

OSU Medicine received private grants to host three rural opioid addiction summits in Durant, Enid and Lawton. Over 400 Oklahomans attended the summits and an astonishing 12,000+ individuals viewed the summit program on Facebook.


Center for Wellness & Recovery was Established



Project ECHO Addiction Medicine Line Created



Addiction Focus Course Required Curriculum

Since 2015, all second-year medical students at OSU are required to take an addiction focus course consisting of 16 hours of instruction time. 



Addiction Medicine Added to Medical School Curriculum

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