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AAU Universities Battle the Opioid Crisis

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates prescription opioid abuse in the U.S. costs $78.5 billion a year, including healthcare and addiction treatment costs, law enforcement involvement, and lost productivity. Most disturbing is the human cost of opioid abuse: more than 115 people in the U.S. die each day after overdosing on opioid painkillers.

As part of the government-university partnership, AAU universities are working tirelessly to combat this public health crisis by better understanding the epidemic and conducting cutting-edge research on pain and addiction.

This is the fifth in a series on AAU university research that addresses major societal issues. The first four topics are Helping Solve the Fresh Water PuzzleHelping Safeguard the Connected World, Researching the Brain, Seeking Cures and Research to Secure Our Energy Future.



Blacks, Whites Equally as Likely to Be Prescribed Opioids for Pain

IU Researchers Release Recommendations to Combat Indiana's Opioid Addictions Crisis

Opioid Epidemic: More Funding Needed

Genetic Roots of Opioid Addiction in European Americans Uncovered

Researchers Developing Drug Delivery Patches to Manage Pain

An NYU Nurse-Epidemiologist Tackles Opioid Crisis Myths and Facts

Failed Osteoarthritis Drug Could Be a Opioid-addiction Treatment

Opioid Abuse Leads to Heroin Use and a Hepatitis C Epidemic, USC Researcher Says

Emory Hosts Community Conversation on America's Opioid Crisis

Research Traces Primary Cause of Opioid Epidemic. It's Not Despair

Where Patients Get Prescription Opioids

Medical School Helping Combat Opioid Epidemic

Researchers Think A Nonaddictive Opioid Painkiller is Possible

Psychoactive Plant Kratom May Help Curb Opioid Addiction

White Paper Provides Tools to Manage Opioid Use Disorder in Pregnancy

Indiana's Full Court Press to Fight Opioid Addiction

Hospital Discharges for Prescription Opioids Down, Heroin Discharges Surge

Most Patients Don't Finish Their Opioid Prescriptions

Opioid Makers Made Payments to One in 12 U.S. Doctors

More Attention Needed to Dual Use of Opioids, Benzodiazepines

New Tools Could Help Prevent Relapse Behavior in Opioid Addict

Researchers Identify Source of Opioids’ Side Effects

Pre-clinical Study Suggests Path Toward Non-addictive Painkillers

This is Why the Opioid Crisis is as Dangerous as A Terrorist Attack

Surgeries Found to Increase Risk of Chronic Opioid Use

Compound Kills Pain as well as Morphine But May Lack Overdose Risk

Overprescribing of Opioids Is Not Limited to a Few Bad Apples