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NeuroNET Research Center at UT to Host Symposium on Pain and Opiates

A hot-button topic in the health care community is how to combat the rising number of painkiller prescriptions written in the United States, especially in the South.

The Neuroscience Network of East Tennessee (NeuroNET) Research Center at UT will look at this complex issue at its Spring Symposium April 8 and 9 in the Toyota Auditorium of the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy.

“Chronic pain is a major health problem in the United States that is increasing in prevalence at a dramatic pace. Likewise, the use and abuse of opioids is skyrocketing,” said NeuroNET Director Rebecca Prosser. “This is especially relevant to our community, given that Tennessee is ranked second in the overall number of prescriptions for painkillers.

“This two-day symposium brings together leading national and local researchers and physicians to discuss two questions regarding this complex problem: What are the neural mechanisms underlying chronic pain and opiate analgesia? And what are the physiological and psychological factors contributing to opiate abuse?”

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