Back on December 10, 2018, the National Institute on Drug Abuse announced a series of brand-new initiatives that will provide opportunities for people to fight the Opioid Crisis. Possibly one of the most severe health crises since the AIDS epidemic, this terrible plight has wreaked havoc on our country over the past decade and doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. However, through these new initiatives, researchers can submit proposals for projects sponsored by NIH HEAL℠ to prevent the spread of opioid use disorder (OUD). Ultimately, these programs will help initiate major changes for prevention in the criminal justice system, medications used to prevent OUD, and plans for creating awareness about OUD. Let’s take a closer look at these new initiatives now.

Programs for Prevention

Based on recent statistics, young adults ages 16 to 30 years of age are a high-risk group for opioid introduction, misuse, opioid use disorder, and opioid-related deaths. Ultimately, targeting this specific age group (the building blocks of the future) would be an ideal place to start targeting the Opioid Crisis. As part of the project Preventing At-Risk Adolescents from Developing Opioid Use Disorder as They Transition into Adulthood, facilities will fund integrated studies that will prevent these young people from being exposed to these deadly medications.

Criminal Justice Outreach

Did you know there is a high rate of opioid-related deaths among people who have recently been released from jail? However, recent studies have also proven that medication therapy has proven 100% useful in opioid therapy for these former prisoners. While NIDA has not fully determined which strategies work better than others, the Justice Community Opioid Intervention Network will administer surveys to supervise addiction treatment service deliveries across the country.

Small Business Setting

By means of two new projects, NIDA is urging small businesses to take part in the opioid use disorder prevention initiatives by submitting grant applications for the development of biomedical programs. As a result, these groups can develop high-quality biomedical programs to help people recover from opioid use disorder and prevent this illness from spreading.

Seeking Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder   

Always remember that drugs do not have control over your life. You do. Are you suffering from a substance use disorder or a severe form of addiction? Do you have a friend or family member suffering from one or more of these debilitating illnesses? If you do, get in touch with Asana Recovery today. Our counselors and healthcare experts are ready to walk you through every step of the detox and withdrawal process and rehabilitation and guide you towards living a happier, healthier, and freer lifestyle. While the road to recovery might not be an easy road to travel, we promise to help you every step of the way. Take the first step to stay fit, healthy, and safe.

The time for you to take back control of your life is now. If you are interested in one of our residential treatment or supervised detoxification/withdrawal programs, we are ready and waiting to speak with you at your disclosure. Call Asana now at (949) 438-4504 to learn how to overcome your drug abuse or addiction troubles today.


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