Revised January 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 will be coordinating four overarching research projects around the country:
- Focused OUD Medications Development Research Project
- HEALing Communities Study
- The Clinical Trials Network OUD Research Expansion Project
- The Justice Community Opioid Innovation Network
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.
New initiatives under consideration for FY 2019
- Determining the optimal length of medication treatment for OUD
- Management of subsyndromal and low-severity OUD
- Preventing OUD in older adolescents and young adults
Understanding Consequences of Prenatal Opioid Exposure on Brain and Behavioral Development
- 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
- 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
- (Collaborative R34): HEAL Initiative: HEALthy Brain and Child Development Study (HEALthy BCD) (Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
- HEAL Initiative: HEALthy Brain and Child Development Study (HEALthy BCD) (Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
- Notice of Correction to Eligibility Information for RFA-DA-19-017 "HEALing Communities Study: Developing and Testing an Integrated Approach to Address the Opioid Crisis (Data Coordinating Center) (UM1- Clinical Trials Not Allowed)"
- HEALing Communities Study: Developing and Testing an Integrated Approach to Address the Opioid Crisis (Data Coordinating Center) (Clinical Trials Not Allowed)
- HEALing Communities Study: Developing and Testing an Integrated Approach to Address the Opioid Crisis (Research Sites) (Clinical Trial Required)
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