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Most of the 10.5 million Americans who have abused opioids were exposed to them for the first time through prescription painkillers. The NIH will fund $ 945 million in research into better pain management and addiction treatment, the agency announced on Thursday (file)

NIH grants $ 945 million to fund opioid crisis research for the treatment of 10.5 million addicted Americans

  • An estimated 10.5 million Americans use opioids
  • The NIH will give $ 945 million in grants and contracts to 41 states
  • Upcoming research aims to better treat both pain and addiction
  • Other programs will try to more accurately measure types and pain levels
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The National Institutes of Health (NIH) will spend $ 945 million in grants and program money to fund research on the opioid crisis, the agency said Thursday.

An estimated 10.5 million Americans abuse opioids, according to the NIH. More than 47,000 people died of an opioid overdose in 2017.

Although the addiction crisis seems to have finally started to slow down, public health advocates have warned that a substantial investment is needed to properly treat addicted Americans and prevent more people from becoming addicted.

President Trump promised to tackle the opioid epidemic head-on last year, was scrutinized for proposing vague plans, but has now made it possible for Congress to allocate newly allocated funds to 41 US states.

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Last March, a bill allocated $ 3.3 billion to a year to fight the opioid epidemic, and this year's investment doubles what the NIH committed in 2018.

Most of the 10.5 million Americans who have abused opioids were exposed to them for the first time through prescription painkillers. The NIH will fund $ 945 million in research into better pain management and addiction treatment, the agency announced on Thursday (file)

Most of the 10.5 million Americans who have abused opioids were exposed to them for the first time through prescription painkillers. The NIH will fund $ 945 million in research into better pain management and addiction treatment, the agency announced on Thursday (file)

& # 39; President Trump & # 39; s approach to the opioid crisis and HHS strategy are both based on the best science we have & # 39 ;, said Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar.

& # 39; We have effective tools, such as medication-assisted treatment, but we still need better ways to treat opioid addiction and treat pain in an effective, personalized way. & # 39;

The NIH says the money will be distributed to 41 states in the form of 375 individual prizes.

Subsidiary grants go to research at every step along the addiction pipeline.

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Their intention is to gain a better understanding of the different types and levels of pain that Americans experience and how to treat them more effectively without the risk of addiction.

If someone becomes addicted, the NIH also wants to use this new funding round to develop better addiction treatments, treatment plans and methods to ensure that those who need such treatments can afford to stay on it long enough to recover.

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