Published by The Herald Sun

RTI International will lead a $9 million study to better understand the benefits and risks of opioid use.

Nearly one-third of Americans suffer from chronic non-cancer pain, a condition often treated with opioids, an RTI press release stated. The effectiveness of this chronic opioid therapy is currently unclear and exposes individuals to potential risks, including opioid abuse after therapy.

The RTI International study aims to provide strategies for reducing opioid use among patients who are not benefiting from it while ensuring access to those who are benefiting. RTI will collaborate with the Mid-South Clinical Data Research Network which is centered at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and includes Duke University Health System and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.