Stigma and the Toll of Addiction

By Nora D. Volkow, M.D.Executive Director, National Institute on Drug Addiction Original Post April 20, 2020 Each day in 2018, an average of 185 people in the United States died from a drug overdose (1). In fact, recent declines in U.S. life expectancy are being attributed to direct and indirect effects of alcohol and drug …

Many Questions Remain About Youth Substance Use Trends

December 15, 2020 The following is from the web blog of Dr. Nora Volkow, Executive Director of NIDA. The results of the 2020 Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey of drug use and attitudes in middle and high school students were released today, with the encouraging news that the alarming rises in teen vaping both of …

The Importance of Prevention in Addressing the Opioid Crisis

From the Blog of Dr. Lora Volkow Director, National Institute on Drug Abuse June 27, 2019 As our communities, healthcare systems, and government agencies join in the effort to reverse the epidemic of opioid overdoses and solve the opioid crisis, it is not enough to focus all our resources on treating people who are already …

How People with Substance Use Disorders (SUDs) Can Lend a Needed Hand in Addiction Research

FROM THE MONTHLY BLOG OF DR. LORA VOLKOW April 22, 2019 One of the major challenges in health science today is that not enough patients participate in clinical trials and similar studies. Without volunteers willing and able to participate in studies testing new treatments or therapeutic approaches for cancer or Alzheimer’s, for example, researchers cannot …

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 …

NIH Study Yields Important Insight Into Addiction and Pain

From the web blog of Dr. Lora Volkow, director of the National Institute of Drug Abuse dated May 6, 2018. We are on the verge of a new era in medicine, one that truly treats the patient as an individual and as a participant in his or her own care. New data-gathering and analytic capabilities …

Mobilizing Citizen Science to Address the Overdose Epidemic

From the blog of Dr. Lora Volkow, National Institute of Drug Abuse, posted November 16, 2017. In the terrorist attack in New York City on October 31, citizens on the scene shared information and pictures in real time via their smartphones, using social media apps like SnapChat.   The social media site recently introduced a location-sharing …

Addressing the Opioid Crisis Means Confronting Socioeconomic Disparities

FROM THE BLOG OF DR. NORA VOLKOW, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON DRUG ABUSE October 25, 2017 The brain adapts and responds to the environments and conditions in which a person lives. When we speak of addiction as a chronic disorder of the brain, it thus includes an understanding that some individuals are more susceptible …

The Role of Science in Addiction

SPECIAL REPORT From the New England Journal of Medicine May 31, 2017 By Nora D. Volkow, M.D, and Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D. Opioid misuse and addiction is an ongoing and rapidly evolving public health crisis, requiring innovative scientific solutions. In response, and because no existing medication is ideal for every patient, the National Institutes …

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