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WASHINGTON — The National Institutes of Health, thanks to Congress, will soon have an extra $500 million to spend each year on research into opioids and pain treatment. And on Tuesday, the research agency published a scientific outline showing how the increase in funding will be put to use.

An opinion piece published in the Journal of the American Medical Association adds detail to a previously announced initiative called Helping to End Addiction Long-term (HEAL), a combination of new and existing initiatives the NIH announced in April. Agency leaders wrote that the research will be split into two broad categories: improving addiction treatments and improving pain management.


The goal of the addiction treatment research is to develop new ways to improve adherence to addiction medicines. To do so, the agency is encouraging applications from programs across health and criminal justice settings.

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  • There is no reason to believe they will do anything in a meaningful or scientific manner. The NIH has failed the American People. Somebody should have gotten concerned when they allowed pseudo science into their database. The NIH failed already, they have had 2 decades to figure this out, instead they chose to promote quackery. None of us will know how many more deaths, whatever they are appearing to do now will lead to. The number of dead Americans, is mostly censored. The NIH has failed to inject any common sense, fact based data, or science into this topic. It might be too late now.

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