Opioid abuse and addition have developed to epidemic proportions in the United States.
“In 2014, more than 28,000 people died from opioid overdose, and at least half of those deaths involved a prescription opioid. Many more became addicted to prescription and illegal opioids,” reads an article on the opioid epidemic on the website of the Department of Health and Human Services.
The following recent grant opportunities highlight the range of U.S. government agencies and programs currently addressing the opioid epidemic:
1. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health – Marijuana, Prescription Opioid, or Prescription Benzodiazepine Drug Use Among Older Adults (R01)
Despite significant scientific advancements made in substance use disorder research over the last century, the causes and consequences of drug use in later life remain poorly understood. The intent of this funding opportunity announcement is to support innovative research that examines aspects of marijuana and prescription opioid and benzodiazepine use in adults aged 50 and older. This Funding Opportunity Announcement encourages research that examines the determinants of these types of drug use and/or characterizes the resulting neurobiological alterations, associated behaviors, and public health consequences. This initiative will focus on two distinct populations of older adults: individuals with earlier onset of drug use who are now entering this stage of adult development or individuals who initiate drug use after the age of 50.