Pain, Opioids, and Addiction: An Urgent
Problem for Doctors and Patients
Meeting is first at NIH to bring together clinicians
and researchers on the issue of opioid addiction and pain
For the first time, the National Institute on Drug Abuse,
part of the National Institutes of Health, will bring together
the research and clinical practice communities to draw
attention to the growing problem of prescription opioid
misuse by patients with chronic, nonmalignant pain conditions.
Currently, the most powerful treatments available for most
forms of pain are opioids. However, opioid treatment can
produce negative health consequences, such as intoxication,
impairment and physical dependence, and may result in opioid
abuse and addiction. The goal of this two-day meeting is
to inform researchers and practitioners about the state
of the science of the intersection of addiction and pain
management. The meeting is co-sponsored by the American
Medical Association and the NIH Pain Consortium.
||Pain, Opioids, and Addiction: An Urgent Problem
for Doctors and Patients
|| Monday, March 5, 2007
8:15 a.m. — 4:45 p.m.
Tuesday, March 6, 2007
8:30 a.m. — 1:00 p.m.
|| Natcher Conference Center
National Institutes of Health
9000 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, MD 20892
Dr. Elias A. Zerhouni, Director, NIH
Dr. Nora D. Volkow, Director, NIDA
A full agenda and speaker list is available at: http://conferences.masimax.com/opioid/index.cfm
The National Institute on Drug Abuse is a component of the National
Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
NIDA supports most of the world’s research on the health aspects of
drug abuse and addiction. The Institute carries out a large variety
of programs to ensure the rapid dissemination of research information
and its implementation in policy and practice. Fact sheets on the health
effects of drugs of abuse and information on NIDA research and other
activities can be found on the NIDA home page at http://www.drugabuse.gov.
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the primary federal agency for conducting and supporting basic, clinical
and translational medical research, and it investigates the causes, treatments,
and cures for both common and rare diseases. For more information about
NIH and its programs, visit www.nih.gov.