About CPAC

About CPAC

We bring together experts from diverse fields to prevent addiction and to find new ways of treating pain.

In Arizona, opioid overdose deaths reached a high of 1,982 in 2020, a 45% increase from 2019. Drug overdose deaths in the U.S. reached their highest point ever recorded last year, with more than 100,000 deaths over 12 months. At the same time, chronic pain is the No. 1 cause of disability in the U.S., and according to the American Chronic Pain Association (ACPA), 1 in 6 people are living with chronic pain.


To help those who suffer from chronic pain and substance use disorder through clinical care, research, education and legislation. To train the next generation of subspecialty health care providers and researchers, and to reach out to the community with the latest outcomes of research and education.


To create a center which embraces and thrives in preclinical and clinical research that addresses chronic pain and addiction while educating all health care providers and students across the state of Arizona. To design new legislation that helps prevent future addiction crisis while developing innovative technology that will predict those at risk of substance misuse and prevent opioid-induced deaths. To build a clinical center that provides state-of-the-art and affordable care to all Arizonans suffering from chronic pain and addiction. To train and prepare future physicians to adequately manage both chronic pain and substance use disorder.

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