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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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New moms may be getting opioid painkillers they don't need, says HPM's Marian Jarlenski 

New moms may be getting opioid painkillers they don't need, says HPM's Marian Jarlenski

PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER - "There are many guidelines for managing acute or chronic pain, but not for maternity care," said lead author MARIAN JARLENSKI, a Pitt health-policy researcher. "We have a public health crisis with opioid addiction. We were surprised to see more than 1 in 10 women were going h... (02/15/2017)
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'We cannot keep going like this:' Wolf joins opioid epidemic roundtable at Pittsburgh hospital (VIDEO) 

'We cannot keep going like this:' Wolf joins opioid epidemic roundtable at Pittsburgh hospital (VIDEO)

WTAE ACTION NEWS -- It is a heartbreaking statistic. Every 25 minutes in the United States, a baby is born suffering from opioid withdrawal. Gov. Tom Wolf joined in the fight Friday by leading a roundtable discussion on how to combat the opioid abuse epidemic. "It should be treated as the public he... (01/21/2017)
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2016 convocation speaker Hickton named to head new cybersecurity institute 

2016 convocation speaker Hickton named to head new cybersecurity institute

UNIVERSITY TIMES - Former U.S. Attorney and 2016 Pitt Public Health convocation speaker, David J. Hickton has been appointed founding director of the University of Pittsburgh Institute for Cyber Law, Policy and Security. Hickton also has been named a fellow of the Institute of Politics where he plan... (01/19/2017)
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Pitt Public Health alumna Mary Beth Zeni named to Ohio Presecription Drug Abuse Action Group 

Pitt Public Health alumna Mary Beth Zeni named to Ohio Presecription Drug Abuse Action Group

LAKEWOOD OBSERVER - Alumna MARY BETH ZENI (HPM '93) has been appointed to the Ohio Department of Health's Ohio Injury Prevention Partnership, where she will work with a committee to tackle one of the biggest problems facing the state by working with the partnership's Prescription Drug Abuse Action G... (01/12/2017)
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Officials say PA’s Drug Monitoring Program making an impact in first four months 

Officials say PA’s Drug Monitoring Program making an impact in first four months

WESA 90.5 FM - The Department of Health Policy and Management's Public Health Leader in Residence, LAUREN HUGHES, weighs in on Pennsylvania’s new Prescription Drug Monitoring Program. She serves as deputy secretary for health innovation at the Pennsylvania Department of Health. (12/20/2016)


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