Strategies for Reducing the Opioid Epidemic – New Report July 13

Over the past two decades, rates of opioid use disorder and overdose deaths have reached unprecedented levels.  This ongoing epidemic lies at the intersection of two substantial public health challenges—containing the rising toll of harms from the misuse of opioid medications while reducing the suffering of those in pain.

At the request of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine characterizes the opioid epidemic and recommends actions federal agencies, state and local governments, and other organizations should take to respond.

The chair and other members of the committee that conducted the study and wrote the report will present their findings and recommendations and answer questions during a public webinar beginning at noon EDT on Thursday, July 13.  Please register for the webinar here.

Advance copies of Pain Management and the Opioid Epidemic: Balancing Societal and Individual Benefits and Risks of Prescription Opioid Use will be available to reporters only beginning at noon EDT on Wednesday, July 12.  The report is embargoed and not for public release before noon EDT on Thursday, July 13.  To obtain an embargoed copy of the report, reporters should contact the National Academies’ Office of News and Public Information; tel. 202-334-2138 or email  Join the conversation on Twitter using #NASEMopioidstudy.