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Opioid Overdose Prevention Pilot 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 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.
Six faculty led pilot research projects on opioid addiction and the overdose crisis:
  • Jeanine Buchanich on profiling PA mortality 1999-2015 – YouTube
  • Zan Dodson on social media & mapping opioid-use clusters - YouTube
  • Julie Donohue on prescribing - YouTube
  • Mary Hawk on community-engaged research into optimizing health and survival – YouTube
  • Christina Mair on mapping the problem with public data – YouTube
  • Tom Songer on unintentional poisoning – YouTube

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Past opioid initiative events and webcasts

Maximize Dean Burke’s School-wide Address “Forecasting and Deflecting the Opioid Overdose Epidemic Curve" (9/14)

Minimize Modeling the Opioid Epidemic: Insights and Potential Solutions from Computational Science (Mon 10/2)

MON 10/2/2017 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Modeling the Opioid Epidemic: Insights and Potential Solutionsfrom Computational Science
PHDL/CTSI Workshop
University Club - Ballroom A
www.ctsi.pitt.edu/research-modeling-opioidworkshop2017

View webcast videos Videos available in this Panopto folder 10 minutes before each lecture.  

 

WESA 90.5's Bridges to Health initiative coverage: Why The CDC Needs Number Crunchers On The Front Lines Of The Opioid Epidemic  (7min 8sec)

 

 

Contact

Michael Mallon
Project Coordinator, Opioid Initiatives
Pitt Public Health
412-624-5163
msm126@pitt.edu

Opioids in the News

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Buchanich,Woolley, and Lann assist with study of opioid trends in other states 

Buchanich,Woolley, and Lann assist with study of opioid trends in other states

CENTRAL VALLEY BUSINESS TIMES - The analysis of California death rates was conducted at the county level using data from the Mortality and Population Data System (MPDS) at Pitt Public Health. Data from biostatisticians JEANINE BUCHANICH, SHANNON WOOLLEY, and MICHAEL LANN include ICD codes for underl... (12/01/2017)
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Dodson analysis of Pittsburgh’s open data informs opioid crisis responses 

Dodson analysis of Pittsburgh’s open data informs opioid crisis responses

DATA-SMART CITY SOLUTIONS, HARVARD - Using Pittsburgh’s public safety open data sets, HPM and PHDL’s ZAN DODSON has been advancing the region’s response to the opioid overdose epidemic by sharing his hot-spots research results to public health officials working to coordinate their responses to the c... (11/16/2017)
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Jalal forecast: No end in sight to rising overdose deaths 

Jalal forecast: No end in sight to rising overdose deaths

GO ERIE - The ultimate goal of the research, says PHDL's HAWRE JALAL, is to be able to recommend solutions to communities — such as making treatment more available or distributing naloxone, an opioid-overdose reversal drug — based on localized data. (11/07/2017)
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MairFacing overdoses, neighborhoods not giving up 

MairFacing overdoses, neighborhoods not giving up

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE - “The fact that they are recognizing the challenge before them, coming together and collaborating to solve this problem, is hopeful,” said KAREN HACKER, HPM faculty and Allegheny County Health Department director. “It’s a very clear signal that’s emerging” from data on drug ... (11/06/2017)
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Burke on Riding OD Road 

Burke on Riding OD Road

POST-GAZETTE - The country, state, and county are seeing an exponential spike in drug deaths, and it may have roots in economics and attitudes, says DONALD S. BURKE, Pitt Public Health dean. “The price of heroin as a drug has fallen about fivefold” in recent decades. And fentanyl is cheaper to produ... (11/03/2017)
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Why the CDC needs number crunchers on the front lines of the opioid epidemic 

Why the CDC needs number crunchers on the front lines of the opioid epidemic

90.5 WESA - Who’s needed to fight the battle? At the October 2, 2017, conference sponsored by the PUBLIC HEALTH DYNAMICS LABORATORY and CTSI, CDC’s Sarah Bacon said an essential group of people must crunch the numbers to better understand the hows and the whys of the crisis: mathematicians, epidemio... (11/03/2017)
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PHDL essential in forecasting the opioid epidemic 

PHDL essential in forecasting the opioid epidemic

THE ECONOMIST - When will it peak? And how many will it kill? Epidemiologists are frantically scrambling to go beyond simple best-guess estimates to dynamic models that can forecast addiction and overdoses more accurately. Scientists from the PUBLIC HEALTH DYNAMICS LABORATORY are developing a “dynam... (10/26/2017)


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