Substance abuse and its destructive impact affects 24 million Americans.

Hand holding pillThe University of Minnesota is working to get at the root causes of addiction, along with advancing treatment and prevention strategies.

At the Center for Addiction Neuroscience, researchers are developing new and better approaches to treat addicted individuals and help them maintain healthy, drug-free lives. Faculty members in the Department of Pharmaceutics are making significant contributions to enhancing our understanding of drug action and delivery. This includes research in creating painkillers that won’t reach the brain, with the goal of preventing addiction.

The Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Research is working to help adolescents, young adults, and their families address alcohol and other drug use, problem gambling, and other addictions or harmful behaviors.

Meet an expert

Keeping painkilling drugs out of the brain would prevent drug addiction. Pharmaceutics professor Carolyn Fairbanks seeks that goal, as well as ways to stop pain impulses before they reach the brain.

Carolyn Fairbanks, along with other researchers at the University of Minnesota, are working to prevent addiction and speed recovery.

Explore what drives them.

Driven to defeat addiction

University of Minnesota researchers are developing new, non-addictive painkillers. These drugs could help people suffering from chronic pain, without the risk of addiction.

Substance abuse is the largest preventable cause of death in the United States.