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The Helping to End Addiction Long-term Initiative, or NIH HEAL Initiative, is looking for feedback about our research directions and how we communicate about the research and research findings.

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Thank you for helping to inform the future of NIH HEAL Initiative research and its dissemination.

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Fentanyl's Long-Term Effects and Sudden Respiratory Failure

I'm a frontline healthcare worker at a low-barrier harm reduction drop-in center. I serve people who inject drugs via our outreach van, which carries syringes, safer injection equipment, naloxone, linkage to MAT/other services, food, and other resources for marginalized populations in Washington D.C. I've been working in harm reduction since 2013 and have seen fentanyl's contamination of the drug supply devastate communities... more »

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Examining the Effectiveness of Heroin-Assisted Treatment (HAT)

I'm a frontline healthcare worker at a low-barrier harm reduction drop-in center. I serve people who inject drugs via our outreach van, which carries syringes, safer injection equipment, naloxone, linkage to MAT/other services, food, and other resources for marginalized populations in Washington D.C. I've been working in harm reduction since 2013 and have seen fentanyl's contamination of the drug supply devastate communities... more »

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Pregnant people need more support during pregnancy and beyond trending idea

Pregnancy is a time of increased motivation, increased support, increased access to healthcare and other resources, and more. Many pregnant people make significant changes in their use of substances during pregnancy, but, unfortunately, relapse to substances is incredibly common during the postpartum. There needs to be more focus and effort on how we can help pregnant people make sustainable changes in their substance... more »

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Environmental determinants of health and opioid addiction

Think it would be interesting to look at environmental determinants of health that could be used towards primary and secondary prevention of opioid addiction. Given that there is evidence of positive mental health benefits (important as it relates to addiction) as well as cardiovascular and other health benefits (important given the higher risk of mortality and morbidity associated with opioid addiction).

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Provide places of faith practice a turnkey model for SUD trending idea

We ask the places of faith practice to get more involved in the prevention and ministering to those dealing with substance use disorders, and they have responded with interest, however, we really do not have much to give to them so they can get up and running.

The Faith Organizations know how to provide ministry to those who suffer, they understand the families, but they do not know the issues a family is likely to face... more »

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Chronic Pain Patients trending idea

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I am an American and unfortunately, a member of the 70 million adult Americans living with Chronic Pain. Due to the 2016 Center for Disease Control (CDC) Guidelines, many CPP's are being denied opioids and/or dosages involuntarily lowered as well as being abandoned by their doctors who are fearful of repercussions.

There is a large difference between Opioid Dependence and Opioid Addiction.

Dependence is earmarked by... more »

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Sport preventing opioid addiction among people with disabilitie trending idea

Move United is an adaptive sports organization that serves thousands of people with a disability since 1956. Limited research and anecdotally we hear from our participants (particularly disabled Veterans) how sport has "saved" them from opioid addition. Having gone through a life changing injury such as amputation, blindness or spinal cord injury, opioids are prescribed to manage pain. We have seen many who struggle to... more »

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Cross Coordination to Impact and Implement Locally & Nationally trending idea

For proven solutions and evidence based practices to be put into place there must be detailed information provided, received, and accepted as such. There needs to be joint understanding from the provided and the receiver, as well as the common knowledge within the community where most needed, at-risk, and disparaged people are to obtain and manage it daily. There must be Cross Coordination among industries and stakeholders... more »

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Pathfinder Community Seminars, Community Learns about the family trending idea

A Pathfinder Community Seminars needs to be provided to the local county stakeholders as a path to learn more about the hollistic needs of family members living with substance use disorders. This could be a multi level approach towards reducing stigma, improving continuity of care, strengthening the continuum of treatment plan in the alternate site of care arena. Included to this targeted learning would be school sports... more »

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Family Solution Finder Learning Centers Families Living with SUD trending idea

Our local county family members living with substance use disorders need to have a county level resource center that provides education to the family members about the 32 key issues they are likely to face while on their journey with this chronic disease. They will need to learn about each issue, use this knowledge by applying it to Practical Family Life Exercises, (their real life situation), and be provided coping skills.... more »

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