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Pitt study: Gifts from pharma lead to more opioid prescriptions

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.

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.

Opioid memorial etches abuse into public eye

(Illustration by Abigail Katz | Staff Illustrator)

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 pills, and a screen with a number in the thousands growing higher by the second. The memorial ma...

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

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)

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 the city — and the entire country. Philadelphia Public Health Commissioner Thomas Farley announced ...

Students learn to administer Narcan

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)

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, out in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, we see overdoses fairly often,” Lupinacci said. “I can say that Na...

Pitt, community push opioid crisis solutions

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

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 project coordinator for Pitt’s Graduate School of Public Health’s Opioid Initiatives, helps arrange ...

Editorial: Saccone would underserve Pennsylvania’s 18th District

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)

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 member of the state legislature for the town of Elizabeth, received the nod from the state Republican ...

Editorial: Marino is a mistake for drug czar

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)

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. Tom Marino (R-Pa.), who represents one of the whitest, most rural and most pro-Trump districts in...

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