Experts Identify Key Questions to Tackle in NC Opioid Research Agenda

A collaborative process between academic and non-profit researchers, including those from the North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences (NC TraCS)  Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC),  and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has resulted in a prioritized list of research questions aimed at strengthening North Carolina’s response to the opioid epidemic.

The effort is a direct outcome of the NC Opioid Action Plan, which was created to identify specific, impactful strategies to reduce the burden of morbidity and mortality from the opioid epidemic in the state of North Carolina. One of the steps in the plan calls for establishing an opioid research consortium and a research agenda among state agencies and research institutions to inform future work and evaluate existing work.

According to the North Carolina DHHS, more than 13,169 state residents died of opioid-related overdoses from 1999 to 2017.

NC TraCS is the integrated hub of the CTSA at UNC and partner institutions RTI International, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, and North Carolina State University.