Columbia has created a new center to combat the growing crisis of opioid and other substance use disorders in New York City and across New York State through multidisciplinary research, education and community engagement.
The Center for Healing of Opioid and Other Substance Use Disorders-Enhancing Intervention, Development and Implementation (CHOSEN) will draw on the expertise of faculty, researchers and practitioners from across the University to develop and implement programs, policies and practices that treat addiction.
Dr. Nabila El-Bassel, SIG Director, University Professor and the Willma and Albert Musher Professor of Social Work, is one of four directors who will lead the new center. She says:
The misuse of and addiction to opioids and other substances—including heroin, stimulants and other drugs— is a public health emergency. The time has come to bring together the power of Columbia's experts working across the spectrum of substance use disorders to create a University-wide approach to treating and healing addiction.