Addressing the Opioid Crisis: Spotlight on Non-Addictive Pain Medication

University of Calgary researcher, Dr. Tuan Trang, recognized for his work on non-addictive pain medication to combat the opioid crisis.

Addressing the Opioid Crisis in Calgary: A Spotlight on Non-Addictive Pain Medication


The opioid crisis continues to wage a relentless war on communities across Calgary and indeed the whole of Canada. One that inadvertently finds its roots in medical practice and has since spread its insidious reach in both urban and rural spheres, affecting all segments of society. But now, there is a glimmer of hope. A University of Calgary researcher, Dr. Tuan Trang, has been recognized for his promising work on non-addictive pain medication that could be a game changer in the battle against the opioid crisis.

Read more about Dr. Trang’s groundbreaking work here.

The Opioid Crisis in a Nutshell

The opioid crisis is a complex public health issue with devastating consequences for communities across Calgary, causing alarming rates of overdose deaths, a surge in crime, and an increase in homeless populations. At the heart of the issue is a high dependency on opioid medications, which were initially prescribed to manage severe pain.

Key Points:

  • The opioid crisis began with the over-prescription of pain medications, leading to high levels of dependency.
  • The crisis is not limited to urban areas, it is also ravaging rural communities.
  • Calgary and its surrounding communities have been seriously impacted by the crisis.
  • The crisis has resulted in alarming rates of overdose deaths, increased crime, and a surge in homeless populations.
  • The Canadian opioid abatement class action seeks to hold pharmaceutical companies responsible for their role in creating the crisis.
  • Despite efforts to combat the crisis, such as the increased use of naloxone and the promotion of harm reduction strategies, the impact remains significant.

Non-addictive Pain Medication: A Promising Antidote

By placing his focus on non-addictive pain medication, Dr. Tuan Trang and his team are working diligently to create alternative pain management solutions that could potentially eliminate one of the key triggers of the opioid crisis. His research, funded in part by the Government of Alberta, may well prove a critical turning point in the fight against the high dependency on opioid drugs that has been fueling the crisis in Calgary and beyond.

Here is where you can learn more about this promising development.

Why It Matters

The total potential of Dr. Trang’s research extends beyond the scientific and health sectors. His work may prove instrumental in altering the present and future state of the opioid crisis and thus, impacting social, economic, and judicial spheres as well.


The devastating effects of the opioid crisis, with its roots in the over-prescription of pain medications, continue to significantly impact Calgary, among other areas. Efforts such as the Canadian opioid abatement class action and initiatives to provide anti-overdose drugs like naloxone, are already in place to counter this crisis. However, long-lasting solutions may very well be found in scientific advancements such as the promising non-addictive pain medication being developed by Dr. Trang and his team at the University of Calgary. The hope is that these efforts will lead to a decrease in opioid dependency, and subsequently, the social and economic fallout of this daunting crisis.


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