Monserrat (Monse) Orozco is passionate about advocating for incarcerated individuals and eliminating the stigma associated with substance abuse. In 2020, she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and minor in Criminal Justice from California State University, Los Angeles. She is currently a graduate student at the University of New Mexico pursuing a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences with a concentration in neuroscience. Her research focuses on understanding the role and importance of genes and genetic background specifically in substance use disorders. Additionally, Monse is actively participating in the Society for Neuroscience Early Career Policy Ambassador program to promote the importance of advocacy and federal/state support for neuroscience research.
To address the opioid crisis, DOJ and CMS should facilitate the accessibility of medication for opioid use disorders and train professionals.