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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  

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Jennifer Silva, Expert on challenges of coal country to lecture at Pitt Public Health 

Jennifer Silva, Expert on challenges of coal country to lecture at Pitt Public Health

PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW - On Tuesday, Jennifer Silva, an assistant professor of sociology at Bucknell University, will share her research tales at Pitt Public Health's “One Book, One Community” lecture. Among the questions Silva is trying to answer in her research: What happens when people feel le... (04/03/2017)
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Dean Burke to address "One Health, One Planet' symposium at Phipps exploring environmental impact on human health 

Dean Burke to address "One Health, One Planet' symposium at Phipps exploring environmental impact on human health

PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW - One expert sharing this focus on environment, disease prevention and improving health, is  DONALD BURKE, dean at the Pitt Public Health and associate vice chancellor for global health. Burke says the region still has work to do for healthier communities, “The state of our... (03/28/2017)
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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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