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NIDA’s Role in the NIH HEAL Initiative

Revised October 2018

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 will be coordinating four overarching research projects around the country:

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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This page was last updated October 2018