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Evidence Based Strategies for Abatement of Harms from the Opioid Epidemic

Jointly produced by several national addiction experts, this comprehensive report contains recommendations and evidence-based strategies for investment of litigation settlement funds to end the opioid crisis and mitigate future harms. This report was…

Here’s How to Use $50 Billion in Opioid Settlement Money to Help People

By Arnold Ventures A new set of opioid abatement recommendations, developed by an interdisciplinary team led by Harvard health economist Dr. Richard Frank, helps states and cities understand how to use settlement funds to address opioid-related…

In Shadow of Pandemic, U.S. Drug Overdose Deaths Resurge to Record

Drug deaths in America, which fell for the first time in 25 years in 2018, rose to record numbers in 2019 and are continuing to climb, a resurgence that is being complicated and perhaps worsened by the coronavirus pandemic...

‘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…

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...

We must release prisoners to lessen the spread of coronavirus

Unless government officials act now, the novel coronavirus will spread rapidly in our jails and prisons, endangering not only prisoners and corrections workers but the general public as well.
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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…

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,…

Dr. Geoff Capraro, co-founder of NaloxBox talks about being a hero

Geoff Capraro, MD, MPH is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Brown and co-founder of NaloxBox, whose mission is to furnish naloxone as a community rescue asset so anyone can rescue victims of opioid overdose...

NASEM Makes a Major Plea for Harm Reduction in Drug Policy

The Health and Medicine panel of the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) released its report Opportunities to Improve Opioid Use Disorder and Infectious Disease Services on January 23.
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Dr João Goulão Visits Providence to Share Life-saving Model

Dr João Goulão from Lisbon, Portugal visited Providence in early January. A medical doctor by profession, Dr. Goulão has over 30 years’ experience regarding drug-related issues, working in this field since 1987 as general practitioner, and since then his professional life has been devoted to drugs and health.

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…

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…

COBRE on Opioids and Overdose ‘Hackathon’

A hackathon is any event of any duration where people come together to solve problems. Hacking involves finding creative solutions to problems. It does not have to include technology.
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