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IDeA States Pediatric Clinical Trials Network Part of NIH's HEAL Initiative

On April 4th at the 2018 National Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit, NIH Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., launched the HEAL (Helping to End Addiction Long-term) Initiative, which is "an aggressive, trans-agency effort to speed scientific solutions to stem the national opioid public health crisis." Because of a funding increase provided by Congress, NIH is nearly doubling funding for research on opioid misuse/addiction and pain from approximately $600 million in fiscal year 2016 to $1.1 billion in fiscal year 2018.

HEAL will strengthen research across NIH to: 1) Prevent Addiction through Enhanced Pain Management and 2) Improve Treatments for Opioid Misuse Disorder and Addiction.

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One way that NIH plans to improve treatments for opiod misuse disorder and addiction is to: "Evaluate treatments and long-term consequences of Neonatal Opioid Withdrawal Syndrome by expanding the Advancing Clinical Trials in Neonatal Opioid Withdrawal Syndrome (ACT NOW) project, tapping into the Environmental Child Health Outcomes and IDeA States Pediatric Clinical Trials Network."

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