To End the Drug Crisis Bring Addiction Out of the Shadows

From the Blog of Dr. Nora Volkow, Executive DirectorOriginal Date November 8, 2021 Far too often, shame and stigma fuel addiction and prevent treatment, argues Nora Volkow, MD, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse. But replacing judgment with compassion can save lives. Science has shed much light on addiction. We now understand that …

2020 Drug Overdoses Were “Horrifying”

August 31, 2021 Dr. Nora Volkow, Executive DirectorNational Institute on Drug Abuse The provisional drug overdose death statistics for 2020 confirmed the addiction field’s worst fears. More people died of overdoses in the United States last year than in any other one-year period in our history. More than 93,000 people died. The increase from the …

Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation Recovery Advocacy Update

Startling data recently made public show the details of how pharmaceutical companies saturated the country with opioids. In the seven years from 2006 to 2012, America’s biggest drug companies shipped 76 billion oxycodone and hydrocodone pain pills in the United States. The result? Opioid-related deaths soared in communities where the pills flowed most. These new …

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 …

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 …

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 …

The Opioid Issue: Part 5

Part Five: Troubling Vital Signs The opioid epidemic is straining America's health care and treatment resources, while opening the door for unscrupulous fraudsters to make money off those struggling to overcome addiction. How much more can emergency rooms handle? The most recent numbers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), spanning 45 …

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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