on legitimately prescribed opiates become addicted to opioids, such as heroin. So what factors explain the opioid crisis and where should we devote our precious resources?
Two NIH institutes, the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism,
Translating this knowledge to policymakers is critical to identify funding targets worthy of our support.
The opioid crisis requires national leadership to provide cross-cutting support from multiple agencies, organizations, and state and local governments to develop comprehensive solutions. We offer the following policy recommendations for leading the national fight against the opioid crisis.