Penn State's
Commitment
To Combat
Substance Abuse

Our Challenge – Our Responsibility – Our Future

The Penn State Consortium to Combat Substance Abuse

Motivated by the opioid epidemic that is deeply affecting communities across the nation, Penn State is consolidating its resources to address the opioid crisis and the larger problems of substance abuse in Pennsylvania and beyond via its newly launched Consortium to Combat Substance Abuse (CCSA). CCSA will draw on the expertise of researchers, educators, and practitioners from Penn State campuses across the state to develop and implement effective programs, policies, and practices aimed at preventing and treating addiction and its spillover effects on children, families, and communities.

Pennsylvania has been hit especially hard by the opioid epidemic, particularly its rural communities: Our state has consistently been among the top 10 in the nation in  overdose deaths; in 2017, we lost 5,456 Pennsylvanians. At Penn State, we are working to inform discussions at the local, state and national levels and to develop the most effective and efficient ways forward. Here we outline distinctive, interdisciplinary, and translational strengths and resources that Penn State faculty, staff and students are bringing to bear in  research, education, and outreach efforts to combat substance abuse.

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Research

Penn State researchers are working in their labs and in their communities to address substance abuse, from prevention, treatment and recovery, to supporting affected families and communities.

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Outreach

Penn State collaborates with state and local partners via our 24 geographically dispersed campuses and 67 cooperative extension offices to leverage our vast scope of researcher-practitioner experience to support, inform, and improve programs across the life-cycle of diseases of addiction.

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Education

The Penn State community is creating lasting impacts through educating one another, our students, and the public by disseminating new, evidence-based programs, policies, and practices to better understand and to prevent opioid use and other substance abuse and treat addiction.

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People

Researchers, practitioners and educators from across the Penn State system are supporting the development of an interdisciplinary and translational agenda aimed at combating substance abuse.

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