Learn about the opioid crisis, safe opioid prescribing, and overdose prevention.
Opioids and Drug Overdose and Addiction Crisis
Review general information and related resources on opioids, including an overview of how the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the National Institutes of Health are taking steps to combat it. Read about other current national strategies and guidelines to tackle the crisis, such as:
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC):
- The U.S. Surgeon General’s Spotlight on Opioids
- NIH HEAL Initiative’s News and Research Spotlights
- The American Dental Association’s New Policy to Combat the Opioid Epidemic
- The Food and Drug Administration's Opioid Analgesic Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy
To learn more about the impact of the opioid crisis through experiences and personal accounts from a physician, a first responder, and a patient, check out these three videos.
For insights from NIDA Director, Dr. Nora Volkow, read her blog:
- NIH Partners with the Dental Community to Help Curb the Opioid Crisis
- Million-Participant NIH Study Could Yield Important Insights into Addiction and Pain
Opioids, Pregnancy, and Neonatal Care
Pregnancy and the postpartum period are critical times to intervene to help women with unhealthy substance use and their babies. Visit the Opioids, Pregnancy, and Neonatal Care page for practice guidance; research and news; and further education for clinicians on treating opioid-dependent pregnant women, mothers, and infants.
Opioid Prescribing & Pain
For more information on opioid prescribing and pain, please visit the CDC’s Opioid Prescribing Resources for health professionals.