Revised March 2019
NIDA is playing a major role in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) HEAL initiative (Helping to End Addiction Long-term), launched in June 2018 to provide scientific solutions to the national opioid overdose crisis, including improved treatment strategies for pain as well as opioid use disorders (OUDs). This new initiative, funded by Congress, brings new hope for people, families, and communities affected by this devastating crisis.
NIDA is coordinating the following research projects around the country:
- Focused OUD Medications Development Research Project
- HEALing Communities Study
- The Clinical Trials Network Opioid Use Disorder Research Expansion Project
- The Justice Community Opioid Innovation Network
Preventing Opioid Use Disorder in Older Adolescents and Young Adults
- FAQs for NOT-DA-19-003: HEAL Initiative: Request for Administrative Supplements to Existing Grants to Accelerate Research on Preventing Opioid Use Disorder in Older Adolescents and Young Adults (ages 16-30)
- HEAL Preventing Opioid Use Disorder in Older Adolescents and Young Adults (ages 16-30) FOA Technical Assistance Webinar - January 17, 2019
- Preventing Opioid Use Disorder in Older Adolescents and Young Adults (ages 16-30): Expert Panel Planning Meeting - September 26, 2018
HEALthy Brain and Child Development Study
- Funding Announcements:
- Pre-Application Information Webinar for HEALthy Brain and Child Development (HEALthy BCD) Study - February 6, 2019
- Expert Panel Meeting to Discuss Study Design for a Longitudinal Study of the Impact of Prenatal Opioid and other Substance Exposure on Brain and Behavioral Development - October 22, 2018
- Expert Panel Meeting on Research Methodologies to Understand Long-Term Consequences of Prenatal Opioid and Other Substance Exposure on Brain and Behavioral Development – September 24, 2018
Other NIH Institutes and Centers will also be involved in the NIH Heal Initiative. For example, the National Institute on Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) (see NINDS Director's Message on the HEAL Initiative) will be funding projects to develop improved pain medications, compounds with the strength of opioids but without the risk of addiction. To see the NIH news release on the HEAL Initiative, and the full scientific research plan, go to NIH HEAL Initiative.
To see a related blog by Dr. Nora Volkow, go to An Ambitious Research Plan to Help Solve the Opioid Crisis.
To see the JAMA Viewpoint article, go to Helping to End Addiction Over the Long-term: The Research Plan for the NIH HEAL Initiative.
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