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UNCOVERING RECOVERY

What is MO-CARE?

The Missouri Center for Addiction Research and Engagement (MO-CARE) is a multi-disciplinary collaboration seeking to better understand and prevent addictive behaviors through research, engagement, and student-training activities. Launched in 2019, MO-CARE coordinates the work of addiction investigators across the University of Missouri System to meet the needs of Missourians affected by addiction through innovative research, enhancing remote access to care and training the next generation of addiction-treatment providers.

In addition to training new addiction counselors, MO-CARE collaborates with health care providers such as nurses, pharmacists, pain management physicians, and surgeons to better understand addiction processes. These partnerships further lead to wholistic, more precise interventions.

WHY MO-CARE?

The numbers speak for themselves. 

15,000

Missourians died from drug or alcohol overdose over the past 10 years

294,000

Missourians have Alcohol Use Disorder

39,000

Missourians misuse pain medication

17,000

Missourians use heroin

10,000+

Deaths attributed to cigarette smoking in Missouri

3,000+

Number of children in Missouri separated from parents due to substance use disorders

14.4 million

American adults have alcohol use disorder

88,000

Americans die of alcohol-attributable causes each year

10%+

of U.S. children live with a parent with alcohol problems

$1.45 trillion

The annual economic cost of drug and alcohol abuse

128

People die each day from opioid overdose

21 million

Americans have at least one addiction