Opioid addiction, misuse and overdose is an ongoing and rapidly evolving public health crisis. An estimated 2 million Americans are addicted to opioids, with approximately 25 million suffering daily from chronic pain. Additionally, more than 115 Americans die every day due to opioid overdoses, and prescription drug misuse costs the nation billions in healthcare, law enforcement and lost productivity each year.
Healthcare professionals, policy makers, law enforcement and private stakeholders are committed to ending the opioid crisis, and it’s clear that science and research will be a critical component in achieving this goal. From the standpoint of the NIH, it’s “all scientific hands on deck.”
The news items, events and supplement reading materials on this page are dedicated to highlighting the ways in which the CTSA Program is involved in addressing this crisis, and how translational science can best combat the opioid epidemic.