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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...

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...

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