Scientists and others in the biomedical, environmental, and public health communities are facing unprecedented pressures to keep up with the epidemic.
But where are they, and how can they get involved?
A lot of the work that they do, whether they are researching the effects of the drugs on the body, or trying to develop vaccines, is being affected by the opioid epidemic, according to a growing number of scientists and policy experts, who spoke to POLITICO about the challenges facing them, how to protect their work, and what they need to do to stay ahead of the crisis.
The conversation, which was moderated by POLITICO’s Kate Hoey, has been edited for clarity and length.
Scientific culturesThe scientific culture is a complex and interdisciplinary field that includes biology, physics, engineering, sociology, and social science, according the American Association of University Professors.
It is made up of scholars, educators, and policy makers who work in the fields of biology, psychology, psychology of science, and sociology.
The field is growing, but it has a history of going through periods of decline.
In the 1960s, the field experienced a decline after the publication of the landmark book, A New Kind of Science: How Science and Technology Are Remaking Society by American sociologist Edward Bernays.
In a 2010 survey of the field, 73% of respondents reported a decline in their field of study, and only 18% said their fields were on the rise.
In 2016, the Association of American Universities released a report showing that only 20% of its member universities were in the top 15% of U.S. institutions in terms of student enrollment.
In 2017, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences launched a campaign called “Innovation for the 21st Century,” with a goal of increasing the number of researchers in the field by 30% by 2021.
That includes encouraging the creation of new labs, institutes, and institutions, creating and funding training programs, and encouraging a wider public awareness of science and the importance of science in our lives.
One way to support the scientific culture in the 21c-17 era is to increase funding and the number and quality of training for researchers, according Paul P. Hirschberg, who was president of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology for 15 years.
But he noted that the field is in the midst of a “meltdown,” with many scientists struggling with the pressures of being a part of the new system, especially at the beginning.
We need to continue to make sure that science is being done in a manner that is responsive to people’s concerns, and to people, as well, as to the changing world around us, Hirschbuch told POLITICO.
At the same time, we need to have more people who are passionate about science and are willing to work with others.
I think the last thing we need is people who have been in science for so long who are trying to take over.
Scientists and policy advocates have an obligation to help each other, Hays said.
That means they need each other to be on the front lines of a crisis and to help those at the frontline.
It’s an important challenge to keep working with our communities and the public in the same way that we do, and that means asking ourselves: What do we do for our colleagues?
What do you do for the public?
A lot has been done in recent years to make our lives easier, Hoeys said.
The National Science Foundation has a grant program to encourage and support the development of collaborations in areas such as science, technology, engineering and math.
The U.N. Global Compact on Innovation, Science, and Climate, which has been in place since 2006, offers a way to help researchers get together to coordinate efforts and create new knowledge.
For those who are not in the scientific world, there are other ways to support each other and to engage with the broader public, Hose said.
There’s also a new global campaign called The Science Project, which aims to provide an education platform for researchers to share their work and the challenges they face, according a statement from the campaign.
Scientists, policy makers, and other leaders around the world have been asked to help build a shared understanding of the challenges we face as a nation and a planet.
We hope that The Science Foundation and other partners will help inspire more scientists and policymakers to take on the challenge.
“A new kind of science is needed, and this is where we need scientists, policy advocates, and the broader community to step up,” Hose added.
The opioid epidemic is one of the most pressing public health crises of our time.
It has killed more Americans than any other single crisis, according an analysis by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
More than 5,800 people died from overdoses in 2016, including 2,081 Americans who died from