The Opioid Crisis: What is The Government Doing About It? Part 5 – Improving the Quality of Research on Pain and Addiction

This blog series is devoted to better understanding the efforts our Federal government is undertaking to combat the opioid epidemic in America. Last year, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a five-part strategy that will be utilized to combat the opioid epidemic. In previous posts, we have focused on the first four parts of the strategy which include (1) increasing availability to addiction treatment services; (2) improvements in public health data and reporting as a means to drive more effective solutions for the ever-expanding opioid crisis; (3) the promotion of healthy, evidence-based methods of pain management and (4) increasing the availability of overdose-reversing drugs. In this post, we’ll examine the fifth and final prong of HHS’ five-part strategy, which focuses on improving the quality of research on pain and addiction to inform clinical practice and reduce opioid prescribing. The hope is that in turn, these efforts will help to…

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