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U. dental school to care for substance abusers

First Published      Last Updated Aug 10 2015 09:40 pm

New grant » Feds give $1.5 million to help care for groups that are often ignored.

Those with drug addictions in Utah will soon have a place to go for dental care: The University of Utah's School of Dentistry.

The school has received one of 16 federal grants to serve groups that often are ignored. The school announced the $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration on Thursday.

The school will work with treatment agencies including First Step House and Odyssey House to identify patients, and should be able to serve 200, the news release said. Care will be offered at U. Health Care's Greenwood Health Center or the School of Dentistry. It is expected to begin in the next couple of months.