County-by-county data on Pa.’s opioid deaths during pandemic defied stereotypes | Opinion
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
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
'Most folks know these individuals or know somebody who knows them,' Pamlico County Manager Tim Buck said.
As fentanyl use spikes, feds urge states to ease methadone rules
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
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.
‘Someone spit on me’: These are the barriers to stable housing for Pgh’s homeless community
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
States’ choices generally reflect a range of local priorities.
Pa.’s opioid stigma reduction campaign reaches 4M residents | The Numbers Racket
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
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
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
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
Gaps in pain care and treatment, one of the key factors that enabled inappropriate opioid prescribing in the first place, persist.