250M NIH grant to combat opioid epidemic and biological toll

Purdue University has received a 250000 grant from the National Institutes of Health to establish a team of investigators dedicated to eradicating the smash of the opioid epidemic and the biological toll it inflicts on both of our bodies.

In 2018 Purdue became the first university in the nation to offer a 100000 U. S. Department of Defense grant for Purdue faculty as well as the first university in the country to offer the grant for all 10th year of medical school. The grant will support Purdues ability to develop programs and strategies to combat the opioid epidemic and the opioid scourge in our nation.

Treatment is a drug addicts last line of defense against the pain and suffering of loved ones. However addiction is also a disease that consists of multiple steps that are necessary to effectively cure people of their addiction. This includes preventing them from becoming addicted to painkillers receiving proper recovery and housing them with a substance that helps them engage more easily with the things they enjoy doing such as sports and activities of daily living.

Leading physicians at Purdues Medical School Dr. Greg Sutton an associate professor of emergency medicine at Purdue University will join the team of researchers to help the greatest share of people experiencing pain go back to more normal activities. As an emergency medicine fellow at Purdue Sutton studies the basics of managing critically ill trauma patients. He can teach providers how to administer eye bladder knee and upper leg injuries by counseling patients treating for pain and how to direct their post-surgery facial expressions body postures and breathing patterns to restore control and minimize pain transmission and reduce postoperative anxiety.

The teams more than 20 investigators have been recruited and trained in the orthodox clinical pain center at the University of Pittsburgh and the Purdue University Hospital as well as Missouri Health Research Institute as well as Purdues Purdue Syndication Center.

Researchers at Purdue have sought to foster cooperation between Purdue research institutions and public health to include community health workers and other institutions that could be involved in studies of Purdues opioid epidemic and addiction. This effort includes extending medical programs such as Purdues National Center for Chronic Pain Research in Purdue University Health Loyola Medical Center and incorporating into academic programming such as faculty performances and symposia.

As an institution our responsibility to provide a safe environment for our patients is foremost said Purdue President Rich Rodriguez who is also speaking out on behalf of Purdue to commend and pay tribute to those who are working to fight addiction.