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The NIH HEAL Initiative is a NIH effort to improve prevention and treatment strategies for opioid misuse and addiction and to enhance pain management. Research from the Helping to End Addiction and other collaborative programs include over 20 distinct programs. These programs are led by 12 NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs). The ambitious and intersecting nature of the NIH HEAL Initiative seeks ongoing input and engagement from experts across disciplines and sectors.
To provide a broad view of the widespread and costly impact of the opioid epidemic, United Hospital Fund (UHF) convened a meeting on October 3-4, 2018, supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, with the collaboration of the Milbank Memorial Fund. The title of the meeting, “The Ripple Effect: Children and Kinship Caregivers Affected by the Opioid Epidemic,” was intended to convey the far-reaching scope of the problem. The goal of the meeting was to produce a high-level policy and programmatic agenda to address the effect of the opioid crisis on women, children, and families. This paper lays out that agenda.
A guide developed by the National Institute of Drug Abuse to help parents talk with their kids about opioid misuse and how it can affect their health and well-being.