Grant to Find Alternative to Opioids, Awarded to University of Florida College of Medicine

A topic of conversation over the last decade is the opioid crisis. Millions of Americans are highly impacted by the over-prescribing of opioids over past decades. The result is many fall into addiction. Therefore, many states have declared a state of emergency to receive federal funding to combat the crisis.

This is especially true in the State of Florida, where then-Governor Rick Scott declared a public health emergency regarding the opioid crisis in 2017. And now, the University of Florida-Jacksonville has received a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, a branch of the U.S Department of Health and Human Services. This grant will go towards the development of alternatives to opioids for pain relief.

Mitigating the Opioid Crisis by Creating Alternatives

The goal of this grant award is to research and implement alternatives to opioids for pain relief. The team leading this research hopes to offer a wide menu of options to participants. These options will ensure that both doctors and patients have more pain relievers to choose from.

The menu will include treatments like aromatherapy, lidocaine patches, and menthol gel. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Emergency Department Alternatives to Opioids Demonstration Program is funding this program. This program works to fund similar alternative programs.

Finding opioid alternatives is a focus at institutions all around the country. This is why then-President Trump declared the opioid crisis a national emergency in 2017. And, when Rick Scott declared a statewide emergency in 2017, it included provisions that supplied first responders with a drug called Naloxone, to revive those who had overdosed on opioids. The CDC estimates that 66,395 Americans died from an overdose in 2018.

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