Ranjani K. Paradise and Sarah E. Wakeman. “Recruiting and Retaining a Diverse and Skilled Addiction Treatment Workforce”. Substance Use & Addiction Journal 45(1), January 2024.
National drug overdose deaths have been rising for decades, with particularly significant increases in recent years among populations of color. There is an urgent need for timely, accessible substance use disorder treatment, but workforce shortages across roles and settings impede the ability of the treatment system to meet the rising and evolving demand. In this Commentary, the authors discuss reasons for workforce shortages across roles, and offer recommendations for 8 areas of investment to grow and sustain a substance use and addiction care workforce prepared to address the overdose crisis in a racially equitable manner.