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Opioid memorial brings attention to epidemic

Mayor Bill Peduto (left) speaks with Michelle Lynam and her daughter Kimberly Lawther (right), as former Pitt Chancellor mark Nordenberg greets other guests behind them. (Photo by Chiara Rigaud | Staff Photographer)

By Mackenzie Rodrigues and Salina Pressimone | News Editors

January 30, 2018

Covered in 22,000 small white pills, each engraved with the face of an opioid overdose victim, the opioid memorial stood behind Monday afternoon’s speakers. Their solemn voices drifted out to an audience who sat listening in silence for the many young lives lost. The press event marked the beginning of the ...

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 ...

Among short-term fixes, Pitt develops long-term plan to combat nationwide opioid crisis

Maria Heines | Staff Illustrator

By Rashi Seth | Columnist

May 31, 2017

Two months ago a couple from Lower Burrell mourned the loss of their son who didn’t live to see his 25th birthday. David Makara’s refusal to get treatment drove him to move out of his parents home as he could not pass a drug test to get a job. Without any notice he moved out to Light of Life she...

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