Chronic pain affects an estimated 100 million Americans, or one third of the U.S. population, and it is the primary reason Americans are on disability. The increase in the prescribing of opioid pain relievers in recent decades has contributed to an increase in addiction to opioids and overdose deaths. NIDA is part of a team of public health institutions working to find solutions, which are starting to show some success. In April 2018, NIH launched its initiative Helping to End Addiction Long-term to improve our understanding, management, and treatment of pain, as well as to improve treatment for opioid misuse and addiction. Learn About NIDA’s role in the HEAL Initiative.
- Opioid and Pain Management CMEs/CEs (NIDAMED)
- The Role of Opioids in the Treatment of Chronic Pain (Office of Disease Prevention)
- Neuroscience: Pain Detection (Video, 15:37) (Federal Judicial Center)
- Pathways to Safer Opioid Use (Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion)
- NIDA for Teens Drug Facts on Prescription Pain Medications (Opioids) - Offers resources for teens and teen influencers. Get the latest on how drugs affect the brain and body. Features videos, games, blog posts, and more!
- Easy-to-Read Drug Facts on Pain Medicine (Oxy, Vike) - Has pictures and videos to help readers understand the text. The website also can read each page out loud.
- NIH Director’s Blog on Opioids
- NIH Director’s Blog on Pain
- NIH Pain Consortium
- NIH and VA address pain and related conditions in U.S. military personnel, veterans, and their families (National Institutes of Health)
- Pain: Considering Complementary Approaches (eBook) (National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health [NCCIH])
- Pain: U.S. Military and Veterans (NCCIH)
- Nonopioid Treatments for Chronic Pain (PDF, 2MB) (CDC)
- Opioid Prescribing (CDC)
- Prescription Pain Medications (SAMHSA)
- Confronting Pain Management and the Opioid Epidemic (The National Academies of Science, Engineering, Medicine)
- MEDLINEplus Health Information on Drug Abuse (National Library of Medicine, NIH)
- Healthfinder.gov (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)
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