Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of meeting our Lt. Governor, Rebecca Kleefish:
Our key goal for this meeting was to engage in a dialogue with the state on what we are doing at CUWSOP to help train and inform the next generation of pharmacists and health care providers. For my part, I discussed our efforts on developing a new, non-addicting analgesic (stay tuned, sports fans!). One of the cool things to come out of Madison is the HOPE Agenda (Heroin, Opioid Prevention and Education). The recent efforts of Rep. Nygren have been to update the HOPE Agenda with legislation that recognizes the transition from licit to illicit opioid use. Of course, I made sure to mention that the best way to stop this transition is to develop opioids that are non-addicting in the first place! Here’s hoping 2017 brings us some good news on some of these NIH grants!