Addiction Disorders

The new U.S. plan to target xylazine-laced fentanyl

Researchers from Penn LDI, in conjunction with the Center for Health Economics of Treatment Interventions for Substance Use Disorder, analyze the plan and raise the question of whether it goes far enough.

From Penn LDI

The economics of addiction

Professor of Economics Jeremy Greenwood’s research is uncovering information about the opioid crisis, its effects on the labor shortage, and the law of unintended consequences.

Susan Ahlborn

Promising efforts to mitigate the opioid crisis

Margaret Lowenstein, an LDI senior fellow and assistant professor of medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine discusses the increase in opioid and drug overdoses since the COVID-19 pandemic.

From Penn LDI

Parental nicotine use and addiction risk for children

In research done using rats, Penn Nursing’s Heath Schmidt and colleagues found that males that engaged in voluntary nicotine use had offspring more likely to do so, too. Some offspring also developed impaired memory and anxiety-like behavior.

Michele W. Berger



In the News


WHYY (Philadelphia)

Penn study finds ‘dramatic rise’ in patients with opioid addiction who leave hospitals early, against medical advice

Ashish Thakrar of the Perelman School of Medicine comments on his research into the increase in early discharge rates that is co-occurring with the rapid spread of fentanyl in street drug supplies in Philadelphia and across the country.

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The New York Times

How family history influences your drinking

Henry Kranzler of the Perelman School of Medicine says that complete abstinence is an extreme solution for alcohol use disorder but is the one that works the best.

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Associated Press

Election offices are sent envelopes with fentanyl or other substances. Authorities are investigating

Jeanmarie Perrone of the Perelman School of Medicine says that studies simulating exposure from opening envelopes containing powders showed that very little, if any, of the powder becomes aerosolized to cause toxicity through inhalation.

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Prevention

The most exciting health breakthroughs of 2023

Bonnie Milas of the Perelman School of Medicine discusses the dangers of fentanyl and recommends keeping Narcan in household medicine chests.

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WHYY (Philadelphia)

Camden County launches virtual reality training program to teach people how to use Narcan for drug overdoses

The School of Nursing and the Annenberg School for Communication have partnered with New Jersey’s Camden County to create a virtual reality training video for administering the opioid-reversing drug Narcan.

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CBS Philadelphia

NJ’s Camden County deploying virtual reality to teach students about naloxone

Penn partnered with New Jersey’s Camden County to create a virtual reality training video for administering the opioid-reversing drug Narcan.

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