Emergency Departments Can Help Prevent Opioid Overdoses

From the Blog of Dr. Nora Volkow Executive Director, National Institute on Drug Abuse Additional Writings by Steven Barto, B.S., Psych. Originally Posted at the NIDA Website on August 26, 2019 One of the biggest risk factors for overdose death from opioids is having had a previous overdose. Common sense and a growing body of …

Prenatal and Early Childhood Brain Development in Mom’s Using Drugs

From the blog of Dr. Nora Volkow Director, National Institute on Drug Abuse March 11, 2019 The National Institutes of Health HEAL (Helping to End Addiction Long-Term) Initiative, which was launched last April, will support a wide range of studies aimed at improving prevention and treatment strategies for opioid use disorder and pain, including efforts …

Scientific Findings and Achievements in Drug Abuse Research for 2018

From the Blog of Dr. Nora Volkow, Director National Institute on Drug Abuse January 7, 2019 Dr. Volkow noted, "As we enter 2019, it is a good time to take stock of what NIDA accomplished over the past year. As always when I look back at the research being done by NIDA grantees and partners, …

New Funding Opportunities in Response to the Opioid Crisis

From the blog of Dr. Nora Volkow Executive Director, National Institute on Drug Abuse December 10, 2018 Today, NIDA is releasing several new funding opportunity announcements related to the NIH HEAL (Helping to End Addiction Long-term) Initiative℠. Researchers now can submit proposals for major projects funded through NIH HEAL℠ in the areas of preventing opioid …

New NIDA Research Reveals the Power of Social Reinforcement

From the Blog of Dr. Nora Volkow, Executive Director NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON DRUG ABUSE October 15, 2018 When it is available and can be delivered appropriately and effectively, medication is a crucial part of treating addiction—but by itself, a pill or an injection may not be sufficient. Social support has long been known to be …

Supporting Our Physicians in Addressing the Opioid Crisis

From the blog of Dr. Lora Volkow dated August 31, 2018 A recurring theme among addiction researchers and professionals is the so-called treatment gap: under-utilization of effective treatments that could make a serious dent in the opioid crisis and overdose epidemic. Ample evidence shows that when used according to guidelines, the agonist medications methadone and …

Partnering With Dentists and Oral Surgeons to Fight Opiate Addiction

From the blog of Dr. Nora Volkow, Executive Director of NIDA, posted July 25, 2018 Reducing the reliance of doctors on potentially addictive opioid pain relievers has been one of the pillars of federal efforts to reverse the opioid crisis. Because many dental procedures such as extractions and other types of oral surgery often produce …

Ambitious Research Plan to Help Solve the Opioid Crisis

From the blog of Dr. Lora Volkow, National Institute on Drug Abuse Posted June 12, 2018 In spring 2018 Congress added an additional $500 million to the NIH budget to invest in the search for solutions to the opioid crisis. The Helping to End Addiction Long-term (HEAL) initiative is being kicked off June 12th with …

Opioid Use Disorders and Suicide

The following is a guest blog taken verbatim from the monthly blog post of Dr. Nora Volkow, director, National Institute of Drug Abuse published April 20, 2017. "At a Congressional briefing on April 6, the President of the American Psychiatric Association, Dr. Maria Oquendo, presented startling data about the opioid overdose epidemic and the role suicide …

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