What is the NIH HEAL Initiative?
The Helping to End Addiction Long-term® Initiative, or NIH HEAL Initiative®, is an aggressive, trans-agency effort to speed scientific solutions to stem the national opioid public health crisis. Almost every NIH Institute and Center is accelerating research to address this public health emergency from all angles.
The initiative is funding hundreds of projects nationwide. Researchers are taking a variety of approaches to tackle the opioid epidemic through:
- Understanding, managing, and treating pain
- Improving prevention and treatment for opioid misuse and addiction
HEAL Prevention Research: A Forward-Looking Approach to Saving Lives
This month's Director's Message highlights the work HEAL is doing in prevention research. For HEAL, effective prevention reduces the burden of chronic pain and lessens the risk that millions of Americans who use opioids will develop opioid addiction.Read the Director’s Message