“The National Institutes of Health will significantly boost research on addiction and opioid abuse through a near-doubling of funds, and will focus on treatment, prevention and the search for non-addictive therapies for pain.
NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins announced the initiative Wednesday morning at the National Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit, which has drawn 3,000 experts in areas such as addiction, medicine, and law enforcement.
“We all gather here not to think about how hard it is (to tackle the epidemic), but what we can do,” Collins told the crowd. “All of us hope to see this opioid crisis come to an end. But we’re all about action.”
Collins said the initiative — Helping to End Addiction Long-term, or HEAL — is made possible by Congress’ $500 million boost in NIH funding, making for a total of $1.1 billion in fiscal year 2018.
Source: Courier-Journal.com – April 4, 2018