County-by-county data on Pa.’s opioid deaths during pandemic defied stereotypes | Opinion

BY: - March 22, 2023

By Brian King, Andrea Rishworth,  Louisa M. Holmes, and Ruchi Patel The Research Brief is a short take about interesting academic work. The big idea The COVID-19 pandemic intensified the opioid epidemic, according to our new research, which finds that opioid overdoses increased in Pennsylvania in 2020 compared with 2018 and 2019. Yet general trends […]

Addiction treatment may be coming to a pharmacy near you

BY: - February 26, 2023

A Rhode Island study showed patients prefer pharmacies to doctor’s offices.

In rural America, the deadly costs of opioids outweigh the dollars tagged to address them

BY: - December 29, 2022

'Most folks know these individuals or know somebody who knows them,' Pamlico County Manager Tim Buck said.

A man prepares to inject himself with heroin (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images).

As fentanyl use spikes, feds urge states to ease methadone rules

BY: - December 22, 2022

A new national survey shows rapidly expanding use of methadone to fight opioid use disorder.

Pa. addiction specialists, lawmakers, and officials discuss addiction, settlement funds, stigma

BY: - December 16, 2022

The virtual roundtable ”to share their personal stories and discuss how their agencies’ efforts are making an impact” included state Rep. Jim Struzzi, R-Indiana; state Sen. Art Haywood, D-Montgomery; U.S. Rep. Madeleine Dean, D-4th District; Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) Secretary Jen Smith; and Dr. Bernard James Costello, associate vice chancellor for Health Science Integration at the University of Pittsburgh. 

One of Pittsburghs famed yellow bridges (Brookings Institution image).

‘Someone spit on me’: These are the barriers to stable housing for Pgh’s homeless community

BY: - December 8, 2022

For many people experiencing homelessness, being without stable housing compounds every other problem.

Schools, Sheriffs, and Syringes: State plans vary for spending $26B in opioid settlement funds

BY: - November 23, 2022

States’ choices generally reflect a range of local priorities.

Pa.’s opioid stigma reduction campaign reaches 4M residents | The Numbers Racket

BY: - January 31, 2022

With testimonials from more than 200 individuals in recovery and family members, the campaign hosted 12 webinars related to stigma reduction. The webinars boasted more than 1,200 attendees.


Don’t wait until after the holidays to seek treatment | Opinion  

BY: - December 23, 2021

You don't have to suffer in silence; tell your loved ones if you are battling addiction or mental health struggles.

Crawford County substance use roundtable highlights pandemic treatment challenges

BY: - December 13, 2021

So far in 2021, Pennsylvania has logged 2,279 overdose deaths, according to state data.


How the pandemic spread fentanyl across the U.S, causing overdose deaths to spike | Analysis

BY: - November 24, 2021

Fentanyl and fentanyl analogs were responsible for almost two-thirds of the overdose deaths recorded in the 12 months ending in April 2021.


Opioid settlement left out pain management care and research on addictive drugs | Opinion

BY: - August 23, 2021

Gaps in pain care and treatment, one of the key factors that enabled inappropriate opioid prescribing in the first place, persist.