Innovative Research and the Opioid Epidemic

Deaths from drug overdoses are at an all-time high in the United States, with opiate abuse – both prescription and illicit – the main cause of these fatalities. Opioids were responsible for more than 30,000 deaths in 2015, representing a quadrupling of opioid-related fatalities since 1999. Federally-funded research and public health programs are vital to the development of preventative strategies and accessible and effective treatments for opioid abuse disorder. 

Opioid Data Analysis, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Effective Treatments for Opioid Addiction, The National Institute on Drug Abuse
Medications to Treat Opioid Addiction, The National Institute on Drug Abuse
The Opioid Epidemic: By the Numbers, The Department of Health and Human Services
Managing Chronic Pain: Opioids Are Often Not the Answer, The National Institutes of Health
The Underestimated Cost of the Opioid Crisis, The Council of Economic Advisers

Additional Resources:
Opioid Addiction Fact Sheet, Research!America
Pain Fact Sheet, Research!America

More Than Half Support Increased Funding to Combat Opioid Addiction

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Laurie MacCaskill, a seven-year pancreatic cancer survivor