The University of Pittsburgh's Daily Student Newspaper

The Pitt News

The University of Pittsburgh's Daily Student Newspaper

The Pitt News

The University of Pittsburgh's Daily Student Newspaper

The Pitt News

A Pitt Graduate School of Public Health study found that physicians who received gifts from pharmaceutical companies related to opioid medications were more likely to prescribe opioids to their patients.

Pitt study: Gifts from pharma lead to more opioid prescriptions

By Emily Wolfe, News Editor November 7, 2019
A new Pitt Public Health study found a connection between the gifts physicians receive from pharmaceutical companies and the amount of opioids they prescribe.
(Illustration by Abigail Katz | Staff Illustrator)

Opioid memorial etches abuse into public eye

By Charlotte Couch | For The Pitt News February 7, 2018

At “Prescribed to Death,” an opioid memorial in the William Pitt Union, a steady flow of people moved through the room in a respectful silence. People saw a large, black wall dotted with small white...

Thomas Farley, MD, health commissioner for the city of Philadelphia, responds to a question from a member of City Council’s Committee on Public Health and Human Services during a hearing on a bill that would prohibit beer deli owners from having protective safety glass separating them from their customers during a hearing Dec. 4, 2017. Farley and Dave Perri (left), head of Philadelphia’s Department of Licenses and Inspections, support the bill. (Clem Murray/Philadelphia Inquirer/TNS)

Editorial: Supervised sites won’t solve PA’s heroin problem

By The Pitt News Editorial Board January 30, 2018

A proposal that would have been absurd only 10 years ago almost seemed to make sense this week when officials in Philadelphia suggested drastic measures to combat the growing opioid abuse epidemic afflicting...

Second-year medical student Paolo Vignali demonstrates routes of administration for Narcan at Pitt Trauma and Emergency League’s Narcan Training Tuesday night. (Photo by Sarah Cutshall | Staff Photographer)

Students learn to administer Narcan

By Anish Salvi | Staff Writer January 24, 2018

As an Emergency Medical Technician of four years, Anthony Lupinacci is no stranger to administering Narcan — and knows the difference the drug can make. “Especially when I have worked in this area,...

Naloxone is a widespread opioid antagonist that is used to treat acute opioid overdose. (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)

Pitt, community push opioid crisis solutions

By Sid Lingala | Staff Writer January 18, 2018

Nearly 3,000 Pennsylvanians died of opioid overdoses in 2015, according to the Pitt Public Health Dynamics Lab. But researchers at Pitt are working to change that statistic. Michael Mallon, the...

Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pa., who resigned earlier this year after a personal scandal broke, may be replaced by Rick Saccone, a member of the state legislature from the town of Elizabeth. (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)

Editorial: Saccone would underserve Pennsylvania’s 18th District

By The Pitt News Editorial Board November 14, 2017

With the Republican Party’s announcement of their nominee over the weekend, the race to replace disgraced former Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pa., just got a little more eccentric. Rick Saccone, currently a...

Rep. Tom Marino, R-Pa., led congressional efforts to limit the DEA’s fight against drug companies that contribute to the opioid crisis. (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)

Editorial: Marino is a mistake for drug czar

By The Pitt News Editorial Board October 16, 2017

If President Donald Trump wanted to spit in the face of his most ardent supporters, he probably couldn’t have chosen a crueler way to do it than with his nomination of a new drug czar last month. Rep....

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