The Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018 was passed on April 24, 2018, by the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, as a follow up to the 138-page White House report from The President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis. The aim of the bill and the commission report is to recognize opioid addiction as a national health crisis and to identify mechanisms for treatment and prevention.
A recent blog post by Susan Sered, Professor of Sociology, Suffolk University, How understanding pain could curb opioid addiction, aims to dig a bit deeper and understand why so many Americans take opioids to begin with – knowing the risk of harm. Understanding root causes of pain – mental or physical – could lead to a more effective pathway to reducing opioid addiction. Dr. Sered discusses the over twenty years of research she has done in this area – looking at causes and influences (medical, sociological, economical, cultural) of pain and the role of Government, the medical community, and all of us in reducing opioid addiction.