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Comprehensive Pain and Addiction Center

Addressing chronic pain and substance use disorder through clinical care, research, education and legislation.

Drug overdose deaths in the U.S. reached their highest point ever recorded last year, with more than 100,000 deaths over 12 months, according to data from the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control.

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At the same time, the American Chronic Pain Association reports that 1 in 3 people are living with chronic pain, and 1 in 10 people suffer from high impact pain that prevents them from participating in work and family life. Pain is among the most common reasons adults seek medical care and is associated with decreased quality of life, increased isolation, anxiety, depression, risk of opioid dependence and poor mental health.

The University of Arizona Health Sciences Comprehensive Pain and Addiction Center (CPAC) is unique in that it focuses on all aspects of pain and addiction, including clinical care, education, research, clinical trials, neonatal abstinence, medication-assisted training, legislation and technology to improve health outcomes.

Upcoming Events

Dr. David Julius

Advancing the Neurobiology of Pain

Tuesday, March 28
7:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

This all-day event features a full slate of invited international researchers as well as faculty from the University of Arizona who will present their latest work on understanding mechanisms underlying pain, sex differences in pain, how pain becomes chronic and emerging therapies for treatment of chronic pain.

Keynote lecture from Dr. David Julius who received the 2021 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his pioneering work in the molecular basis of somatosensation. 

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NOWS the Time

Thursday, March 30
8 a.m. - 7 p.m.

This one-day workshop is for those who provide care for mothers with Substance Use Disorder (SUD), infants with Neonatal Opioid Withdrawal Syndrome (NOWS) or Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS), and/or families caring for mothers and infants experiencing these challenges. 


Center of Excellence in Addiction Studies

The National Institute on Drug Abuse-funded Center of Excellence in Addiction Studies (CEAS) is focused on improving chronic pain while decreasing opioid use by establishing a Southwest region addiction science network to encourage research and education into the overlapping neurobiology of pain and addiction.