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. Although many treatments are available for pain, the number of prescriptions for opioid pain relievers has increased dramatically in recent years. Similarly, there has been an increase in both treatment admissions for prescription opioid addiction as well as accidental overdoses. As a result, NIDA is working with the public health community to ensure effective and safe management of pain. This section looks at many of these initiatives.
The NIH Institute and Center Directors who co-chair the NIH Pain Consortium discuss the importance of collaboration in pain research, as well as research priorities for their individual science programs.
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- Pathways to Safer Opioid Use - Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
- Opioid and Pain Management CMEs/CEs - NIDAMED
- 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: U.S. Military and Veterans - National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health
- Nonopioid Treatments for Chronic Pain (PDF, 2MB) - CDC
- Opioid Prescribing (CDC: Vital Signs)
- MEDLINEplus Health Information on Drug Abuse - National Library of Medicine, NIH
- www.abovetheinfluence.com - Office of National Drug Control Policy
- healthfinder.gov - U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Past information on many drugs of abuse is available on our Archives site.
Clinical trials are research studies in human volunteers conducted to answer specific health questions. Learn about the NIH-sponsored clinical trials available to you.
- NIDA Clinical Trial Locator - answer a few simple questions and get contact information for Clinical Trials near you.
Other Clinical Trials information sources:
- NIH Clinical Trials and You - NIH site that helps explain about clinical trials and why people participate.
- NIDA Trials at ClinicalTrials.gov - a resource of federally and privately supported clinical trials.
- Clinical Research Studies from the National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network (CTN) - a NIDA coordinated network of research institutions conducting human trials on drug abuse solutions.
- Research Studies at NIDA Intramural Research Program - located in Baltimore, Maryland.
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NIDA. (2017, May 12). Pain. Retrieved from https://www.drugabuse.gov/related-topics/pain
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