Dr. Hall had this to say about the presentation:
"This research is important to me because it highlights the profound human cost of the opioid epidemic. As a Rehabilitation Physician, my role is to care for adults and children with disabilities, treat symptoms like chronic pain and provide interventions to improve function and quality of life. In this role I often meet patients impacted by substance use disorders. Examples might include a young man with multiple limb amputations after severe sepsis from an IV drug related infection or a woman paralyzed in a motor vehicle accident involving alcohol. Experience caring for patients such as these gives Rehabilitation Physicians a unique window on the complex intersection between pain, addiction and physical disability. I believe this perspective combined with our diverse skill set positions the field of PM&R to become a powerful force in the fight against the opioid epidemic."
Led by NCATS, NIH, this HEAL InitiativeSM symposium is a component of the NCATS Human Cell-Based Screening Platforms and Novel Drugs to Treat Pain, Addiction and Overdose project. For more information on NCATS’ role in the NIH HEAL Initiative, visit https://ncats.nih.gov/heal.