Feds Seek Alternative for Opioids
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Thursday, October 02, 2014 02:34 PM

The National Institutes of Health and the Department of Veterans Affairs this week announced that they will launch a five-year, $21.7 million initiative to study the effectiveness of alternative therapies to opioids.  Nearly half of all troops returning home from Afghanistan and Iraq are suffering from chronic pain, more than double the civilian population, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association. Many of those veterans have been prescribed opioids.  

The joint research program includes studies on the use of morning light treatments, managing chronic lower-back pain, the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, and the use of chiropractors, self-hypnosis and meditation to reduce pain, said Josephine P. Briggs, director of the National Center of Complementary and Alternative Medicine at NIH.

The research projects will be done at academic institutions and VA medical centers across the United States.  

Source:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/federal-eye/wp/2014/09/25/federal-research-seeks-alternatives-to-addictive-opioids-for-veterans-in-pain/