Addiction Disorders

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

The origins of the opioid epidemic

The study, “Origins of the Opioid Crisis and its Enduring Impacts” examines the role of the 1996 introduction and marketing of OxyContin as a potential leading cause of the opioid crisis. 

From Penn LDI

Boots on the ground for the opioid task force

Opioid addiction is a “public health emergency,” according to the Department of Health and Human Services. Overdose deaths involving opioids—both prescription and illegal—have increased fivefold between 1999 and 2016.

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In the News


Forbes

Healthcare organizations are finding novel uses for virtual health technology

The Perelman School of Medicine’s Care Connect program is spearheading the use of virtual urgent care services and substance abuse professionals to provide treatment to patients, with a quote from Margaret Lowenstein.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Cigarette nicotine levels to make ‘monumental’ shift, and Pa. needs to prepare

In an Op-Ed, postdoc Teresa DeAtley of the Perelman School of Medicine urges Pennsylvania to prepare for the FDA’s new proposal to reduce the maximum level of nicotine in cigarettes.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Hospitalizations for opioid overdoses are increasing among Black and Hispanic Pennsylvanians, study finds

Jeanmarie Perrone of the Perelman School of Medicine explains why a new study on opioid overdoses likely doesn’t reflect the full picture of hospitalizations for Pennsylvania.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Could these common medications help curb addiction?

In a Q&A, Anna Rose Childress of the Perelman School of Medicine speaks on the cycle of opioid addiction and her current clinical trials on the benefits of “add-on” medications with Kyle Kampman of the Perelman School of Medicine.

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WION (New Dehli)

Predisposition to alcohol abuse is inherited, needs personalised treatment: Addiction expert

A study by Henry Kranzler of the Perelman School of Medicine suggests that treatment for excessive drinking should be tailored according to individual genetic makeup, with predisposition to alcohol abuse partially inherited from relatives.

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WHYY (Philadelphia)

What makes addiction a disease?

Charles O’Brien and Daniel Langleben of the Perelman School of Medicine discussed the brain’s reward system and its relationship to addiction.

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