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Pitt Public Health Pilots Opioid Overdose Prevention Research

The Pittsburgh region is at the center of an epidemic, but it isn’t an infectious disease. It’s an insidious illness that has been quietly spreading in communities, killing more people each year than car crashes – opioid drug overdoses. The number of people dying in the region has more than tripled in the past decade, and the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health is piloting six research projects to address the knowledge gaps of the opioid epidemic in a year-long initiative expected to lead to much larger life-saving efforts.

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One Book, One Community

Sam Quinones' book: Dreamland

Looking for a intriguing look into the American opioid crisis?  Read the Pitt Public Health 2015-2016 One Book, One Community selection, Sam Quinones' Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic. For more information  

Opioids in the News

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EPI student Kathleen Creppage's fentanyl discovery recognized by commonwealth 

EPI student Kathleen Creppage's fentanyl discovery recognized by commonwealth

We're proud that Epi's KATHLEEN CREPPAGE's #opioidepidemic discovery of illicit fentanyl in Allegheny County caught the attention of PA Physician General Rachel Levine and the PA Department of Health. Very timely research. (03/23/2017)
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HPM's Donohue and Angus comment on drug shortage ties to increased deaths 

HPM's Donohue and Angus comment on drug shortage ties to increased deaths

REUTERS - In an editorial accompanying this new study, HPM's JULIE DONOHUE and DEREK ANGUS suggest five broad solutions to drug shortages, including early warning systems, rapid changes to professional guidelines about drug alternatives, and expanded stockpiles of drugs. Some of these approaches wou... (03/21/2017)
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Dean Burke forecasts future opioid death rates based on MoIRA system 

Dean Burke forecasts future opioid death rates based on MoIRA system

DEAN BURKE led a session at today's ASPPH Annual Meeting on "Forecasting and Deflecting the Opioid Epidemic Curve" with a projection of likely opioid overdose deaths based on biostatistical data gathered by JEANINE BUCHANICH and the Mortality Information and Research Analytics (MOIRA) system, a repo... (03/16/2017)
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Biostats student Lauren Balmert to present findings in Harrisburg 

Biostats student Lauren Balmert to present findings in Harrisburg

Doctoral student LAUREN BALMERT (BIOST '17) has been selected to present her research on accidental poisoning mortality to our elected leaders and alumni at Pitt Day in Harrisburg on March 21, 2017. (02/27/2017)
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Jarlenski study raises questions about why young mothers are being prescribed opioids 

Jarlenski study raises questions about why young mothers are being prescribed opioids

FORBES - Young mothers are being prescribed opioid painkillers, placing their children—even those less than a year old—at risk for an overdose. A study in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology  co-authored by HPM's MARIAN JARLENSKI found that 12% of women filled a prescription for an opioid wit... (02/27/2017)


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