Enhance Pain Management

More than 25 million Americans suffer from daily chronic pain. New treatment options for pain are needed to reduce the number of people exposed to the risks of opioids. Through the HEAL (Helping to End Addiction Long-termSM) Initiative, NIH will support research to understand how chronic pain develops, making patients susceptible to risks associated with opioid use. HEAL will develop a data sharing collaborative, new biomarkers for pain, and a clinical trials network for testing new pain therapies. Research efforts also will focus on treatments for opioid misuse and addiction. Read the full research plan to learn more about HEAL research priorities. 

This page last reviewed on April 18, 2019