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‘Cries for help’: Drug overdoses are soaring during the coronavirus pandemic

Washington Post Suspected overdoses nationally jumped 18 percent in March, 29 percent in April and 42 percent in May, data from ambulance teams, hospitals and police shows. “Nationwide, federal and local officials are reporting alarming spikes in drug overdoses — a hidden epidemic within the coronavirus pandemic. Emerging evidence suggests that the continued isolation, economic […]

Innocent Prisoners Are Going to Die of the Coronavirus

Once the virus gets inside prison doors, “it will go through the prison like a hot knife through butter,” said Rich, the Brown professor. Soon enough, transmission will run in the other direction. As prisoners are infected, they will infect the otherwise healthy staff, who return to their families…

Dr. Jon Soske from RICARES speaks at COBRE Bi-weekly meeting about Stigma

The COBRE welcomed Dr. Jon Soske on Monday, March 9th to speak about Stigma, Discrimination, and Addiction: Ideas for Systemic Interventions. Dr. Jon Soske is the Community Engagement and Education Coordinator at RICARES. A person in long-term recovery from alcohol and drug addiction, he is author/editor of four books on race, discrimination, and inequality and […]

Physician Heal Thyself

Doctors have own problems in recovering from opioid abuse, including denial of access to key medication By Chiara Eisner, Globe Correspondent When Dr. Sylvester Sviokla speaks to physicians at Harvard about the dangers of opioid addiction, they pay attention. He is in recovery from addiction himself. “I went to Harvard College, Harvard Medical School, I […]