West Virginia University has launched a minor in addiction studies to combat the nation’s opioid crisis.
The minor will be open to undergraduate students in all academic disciplines.
This will provide students with a broad-based view of addiction theories, assessment and treatment to prepare them for employment in substance use disorder treatment and related settings.
The minor will consist of five courses for a total of 15 credit hours.
“There is a large shortage of trained addiction professionals in our state. That problem actually is a national problem not just special to West Virginia and it pre-dates the Opioid epidemic, but with the Opioid epidemic, it really has raised the need tremendously for trained addiction professionals,”said Frankie Tack, clinical assistant professor and addiction studies minor coordinator.
The minor in addiction studies will begin in Fall of 2018.