EIOH Director among National Experts Tapped to Address Opioid Prescription Abuse

Oct. 26, 2016

Dr. Eli EliavEli Eliav, DMD, PhD, director, Eastman Institute for Oral Health, and School of Medicine and Dentistry’s vice dean for Oral Health, was recently appointed to the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine’s committee on Pain Management and Regulatory Strategies to Address Prescription Opioid Abuse.

As a widely published expert in orofacial pain, neuropathic pain, and oral medicine, Dr. Eliav is working with 17 other experts from around the nation, including physicians, scientists, and professors from Stanford University, Harvard School of Public Health and Medical School, Cornell University, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, and Yale School of Public Health, among others.

The committee will develop a report to inform the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as to the state of the science regarding prescription opioid abuse and misuse, including prevention, management, and intervention, and to provide an update from the 2011 Institute of Medicine (IOM) report Relieving Pain in America: A Blueprint for Transforming Prevention, Care, Education, and Research, including a further characterization of the evolving role that opioid analgesics play in pain management.

The report will also make recommendations on the options available to FDA to address the prescription opioid overdose epidemic, from both the individual and public health perspectives, and to otherwise further advance the field.

For more than 150 years, the private, nonprofit National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine has been advising the nation on issues of science, technology, and medicine. The Academies enlist the nation's foremost scientists, engineers, health professionals, and other experts to address the scientific and technical aspects of society's most pressing problems.