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'All Scientific Hands On Deck' To End The Opioid Crisis

By Nora Volkow (Director, NIDA) and Francis Collins (Director, NIH) In 2015, 2 million people had a prescription opioid use disorder and 591,000 suffered from a heroin use disorder; prescription drug misuse alone cost the nation $78.5 billion in health care, law enforcement, and lost productivity. But while the scope of the crisis is staggering, it is not hopeless. We understand opioid addiction better than many other drug use disorders; there are effective strategies that can be implemented right now to save lives and to prevent and treat opioid addiction. At the National Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit in Atlanta, GA last month, lawmakers and representatives from healthcare, law enforcement, and many private stakeholders from across the nation affirmed a strong commitment to end the crisis. Research will be a critical component of achieving this goal. Today in the New England Journal of Medicine, we laid out a plan to accelerate research in three crucial areas: overdose reversal, addiction treatment, and pain management. First, there is a need to develop additional overdose-reversal interventions and improved formulations of naloxone to reduce mortality. Naloxone is very effective at reversing overdoses, but bystanders may not reach the person in time and the usual doses given may not be powerful or long-lasting enough to reverse overdoses on fentanyl and other highly potent synthetic opioids. In addition to new or differently formulated antagonists of the mu-opioid r...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

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Source: Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants - Category: Primary Care Tags: CME: Women's Health Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants - Category: Primary Care Tags: Review Article Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of Drugs in Dermatology - Category: Dermatology Tags: J Drugs Dermatol Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of Drugs in Dermatology - Category: Dermatology Tags: J Drugs Dermatol Source Type: research
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Source: The Tohoku Journal of Experimental Medicine - Category: Research Authors: Tags: Tohoku J Exp Med Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of Clinical Neuromuscular Disease - Category: Neurology Tags: Case Review Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of Clinical Neuromuscular Disease - Category: Neurology Tags: Short Report Source Type: research
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Source: Daily Express - Health - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
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