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New HRSA program will help clinicians and patients in the fight against opioid addiction

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A new Health Resources and Services administration (HRSA) loan repayment program will provide substance use disorder treatment in underserved parts of the United States. Under the National Health Service Corps Substance Use Disorder Workforce Loan Repayment Program, eligible health care clinicians will receive student loan repayment assistance in return for their service on the front lines of the opioid epidemic in underserved areas. More people who need help with substance use treatment will then have access to highly qualified clinicians. HRSA Administrator George Sigounas notes, “By strengthening the health workforce, HRSA is working to ensure that there are enough qualified health care clinicians to treat patients living with substance use disorder.” He adds, “The current opioid crisis is daunting, but the new NHSC loan repayment program will help us make strides in this public health challenge. I am grateful to the clinicians who will apply and are looking to make a positive impact on patients, caregivers, and hard-hit communities throughout the country.”