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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 […]

Will Emergency Holds Reduce Opioid Overdose Deaths?

Written by COBRE Affiliated scientists Elizabeth Samuels, MD, MPH, MHS, Otis Warren, MD, Corey Davis, JD, MSPH and Paul Christopher, MD. The opioid overdose crisis has claimed more than 400,000 lives in the United States since 1999. As part of efforts to reduce overdose deaths and increase enrollment in treatment, law-makers in some states are […]

Rhode Island Hospital receives $11M to establish an opioid research center

Federal funding will allow for creation of a center to help combat opioid epidemic Rhode Island Hospital announced today that it has received an $11.8 million federal grant to address the nation’s opioid epidemic by establishing the Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) on Opioids and Overdose at the hospital. The center, to be funded with a […]