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 Puzzle, Helping Safeguard the Connected World, Researching the Brain, Seeking Cures and Research to Secure Our Energy Future.