Wheatley: Duquesne University to receive $78,000 opioid use prevention grant

Funds to support prevention, life-saving treatment

PITTSBURGH, Jan. 8 – Duquesne University has been awarded a $78,305 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services grant designed to prevent and reduce the use of opioids by college students, state Rep. Jake Wheatley announced today.

Wheatley, D-Allegheny, said the university’s grant is part of the federal $55.9 million SAMSHA grant awarded last year to Pennsylvania to support the statewide response to the prescription opioid and heroin epidemic. A total of 13 higher education institutions were awarded grants to expand existing preventive programs or to create initiatives with key local stakeholders. These projects can include increasing access to overdose reversal trainings, grief support and raising campus awareness on the dangers of opioid abuse.

“We can play a significant role in saving lives on our college campuses through educating young people on the risks of opioid use and also providing them with training on how to administer naloxone,” Wheatley said. “With college-aged students among the hardest hit demographics in Pennsylvania, it’s imperative we continue to fight this epidemic and save lives through prevention and treatment.”

For more information on Pennsylvania’s efforts to combat the opioid crisis, including county resources and treatment information, please visit https://www.pa.gov/guides/opioid-epidemic/.