The NIH intramural research program has shifted all non-mission-critical laboratory operations to a maintenance phase in order to promote physical distancing and diminished transmission risk of COVID-19. Effective Monday, March 23, 2020, only mission-critical functions within NIH research laboratories will be supported.

Improve Treatments for Opioid Misuse and Addiction

More than 2 million Americans have opioid use disorders (OUD). Millions more misuse opioids, taking opioid medications longer or in higher doses than prescribed. Through the HEAL (Helping to End Addiction Long-termSM) Initiative, NIH will support research to provide new strategies for the prevention and treatment of opioid misuse and addiction, that will help people with OUD achieve and maintain a meaningful and sustained recovery. Research efforts also will focus on pain management. Read the full research plan to learn more about HEAL research priorities. 

This page last reviewed on April 18, 2019