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August 3, 2017    

NIH Public-Private Initiative to Address the Opioid Crisis

Opioid misuse and addiction is an ongoing and rapidly evolving public health crisis. Millions of Americans suffer from opioid use disorder, and millions more suffer from chronic pain. The urgency and scale of this crisis calls for innovative scientific solutions.

As part of a government-wide effort to address this crisis, NIH is supplementing existing research efforts with a public-private collaborative research initiative on pain and opioid abuse. In April 2017, NIH Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., met with research and development leaders from the world’s leading biopharmaceutical companies to discuss new ways for government and industry to work together to address the opioid crisis. The initial plan for this initiative was recently laid out by Dr. Collins and National Institute on Drug Abuse Director Nora D. Volkow, M.D., in the New England Journal of Medicine.

NIH is moving forward with establishing a public-private partnership to address three major areas for advancement: (1) new and innovative medications and biologics to treat opioid addiction and for overdose prevention and reversal; (2) safe, effective, and non-addictive strategies to manage chronic pain; and (3) neurobiology of chronic pain.

To identify the scientific strategies with the greatest potential for solutions to the opioid problem, NIH held a series of three meetings to identify strategies with the greatest potential for solutions to the opioid crisis.  The purpose of the meetings was to identify new approaches and recruit additional expertise with the aim of developing new safe and effective therapeutics for opioid abuse and chronic pain in half the time it currently takes. 

June 5, 2017
Medications Development for Opioid Use Disorders and for Overdose Prevention and Reversal

June 16, 2017
Development of Safe, Effective, Non-Addictive Pain Treatments

July 7, 2017
Understanding the Neurobiological Mechanisms of Pain

To view the agenda and Executive Summaries of these meetings, click here.

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Also of Interest

Opioid Misuse on the Rise Among Older Americans: Report (Partnership News Service).

Number of US Counties with Drug Poisoning Deaths Involving Heroin Increases Nearly Five-Fold from 2000 to 2014 (NDEWS News).

Rate of Fatally Injured Drivers Who Test Positive for Prescription Opioids Surges (Partnership News Service).

Huge Drop in Underage Binge Drinking Across America (Addiction Now).

COMMENTARY: Legal Weed Isn't Living Up to All of Its Promises. We Need to Shut It Down (Kevin Sabet, CNBC, July 27).

Nearly 1 in 5 U.S. Adults Has Mental Illness or Drug Problem (MedLine Plus).

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Pain Management and Opioid Use with Veterans and Service Members

Military service brings a risk for serious injury, and with it, the possibility of severe or chronic pain. Such pain may be treated with prescription medication – sometimes opioids – which carry a risk for overuse or misuse. SAMHSA has been working with the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to enhance informed prescribing practices and prevent misuse that can result in overdose or even death.

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International Overdose Awareness Day

International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD) is a global event held on August 31st each year and aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death. It also acknowledges the grief felt by families and friends remembering those who have met with death or permanent injury as a result of drug overdose.

Overdose Day spreads the message that the tragedy of overdose death is preventable. Wear silver to show your support.

Plan a local event to raise awareness and connect people with resources to prevent, recognize, and respond to overdose.

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Trainings, Events & Webinars

Webinar: Value-Based Reimbursement: Huge Opportunities for Treatment Programs
Date: August 9, 2017 @ 12 - 1:30 pm
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Addiction is Depressing! Utilizing CBT & DBT for Treatment Effectiveness
Date: August 11, 2017 9 am to 4:30 pm
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Webinar: Co-Occurring Inter-relational Domestic Violence and Substance Use Disorders
August 23, 2017 @ 12 - 2 pm
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Merrill Scott Symposium
Date: August 24-25, 2017
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Counselor Camp
Date: Sept. 15-17, 2017
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2017 Annual NAMI WA State Conference
Date: September 15 -7, 2017
Olympia, WA
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Co-Occurring Disorders Conference
Date: October 16-17, 2017
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