Rowan University to Receive More Than $600,000 in Federal Grant Money for Substance Abuse Research

By: Alysa Rubin, Writer / Follow South Jersey Public Health Intern

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CHERRY HILL, N.J. — U.S. Congressman Donald Norcross (D-1) announced last Tuesday that Rowan University will receive more than $600,000 in funding for its research on substance abuse disorders.

The funding, which was awarded in the form of two federal grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will be used to increase research on the relationship between substance abuse and sexual assault, as well as increase treatment for those with substance disorders at Rowan.

“As America faces the health and economic crises brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, this federal funding will help our neighbors who are also struggling with addiction, as well as those impacted by sexual assault,” Congressman Norcross said in a press release. “These grants will provide Rowan University with the resources to study these areas and research solutions to ensure that all affected by these issues, including survivors and those in recovery, have the necessary support during their journey of healing and recovery.”

Rowan University will receive $425,541 to support research of the connection between alcohol abuse and sexual assault, and the Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine will receive $200,000 to expand its ability to treat substance abuse disorders.

“We are truly ecstatic to hear that we are the recipient of a Mental Health and Substance Abuse service grant from the Department of Health and Human Services. This award will help us to enhance our training and education for our medical students in the treatment of substance abuse disorders,”  Dr. Thomas Cavalieri, Dean of Rowan University’s School of Osteopathic Medicine, said in a release. “We are very grateful to Congressman Norcross for his commitment to combat addiction, which is a major health care crisis in South Jersey and the nation.”

This article was produced by a Follow South Jersey news intern thanks to a grant provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation through the New Jersey Health Initiatives program to create hyper-local news to meet the informational and health needs of the City of Bridgeton, N.J.