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The opioid epidemic continues to devastate communities in every sector of the United States. We are dedicating this issue to this national public health crisis.
September 22, 2019
Opioids and Abuse
In rural Vermont, Professor Emily Rothman is pursuing innovative solutions to the dual, and overlapping, crises of opioid use disorder and intimate partner violence.
Workplace Injuries Contribute to Rise in Suicide, Overdose Deaths
An injury serious enough to miss at least a week of work almost triples the risk of suicide or overdose death among women.
What to Call Someone Who Uses Heroin? Their Name
People who use heroin prefer different terms depending on the speaker and context, with “people first” language often best, and language suggesting misuse or dependence generally worst.
Activist Lab
‘A Creative Outlet to Process Incarceration’
Through the Activist Bucks micro-grant program, MPH student Rafik Wahbi designed and taught a hip-hop writing class to people in the substance use treatment unit at the Suffolk County House of Correction.
Buprenorphine without a Prescription Could Save Lives
If emergency doses of the opioid use disorder treatment medication were available over the counter, benefits may outweigh risks.
Instead of Opioid Detox ‘Revolving Door,’ a ‘Bridge’ to Long-Term Treatment
Starting long-term, primary care-based buprenorphine treatment while someone is still in a short-term, inpatient managed withdrawal program is more effective than offering a referral at discharge.
Public Health Post
Fentanyl East of the Mississippi
Northeastern states are already seeing the "Third Wave" of the opioid crisis, with fentanyl now accounting for most overdose deaths.
Activist Lab
Being Better Neighbors on Albany Street
The Activist Lab is proud of what the Life on Albany Street Committee has accomplished on the BUMC campus. Here is a recap of our achievements.
Think. Teach. Do.
For the Health of All
Signature Programs
In Focus: The Opioid Epidemic
Substance misuse and opioid-related overdoses continue to be a leading public health burden in the United States, where the epidemic spares no race, gender, age, or geographical area.
Opioid Crisis News, Research, Interviews, and Viewpoints
Published on 5/28/2019
Good Samaritans in the Opioid Epidemic
In the event of an opioid overdose, there is reluctance among some lay responders to call 911 despite their knowledge of Good Samaritan protections.
Published on 4/25/2019
Massive Study Will Reduce Opioid Overdose Deaths
Within MassHEAL, an $89 million, BMC-based project, SPH researchers to lead data management and methodology, communication strategy, and prevention-based interventions.
Published on 4/20/2019
‘We’re Finding Needles in Places That We Shouldn’t’
Ahead of inaugural Needle Take-Back Day, City of Boston Councilor Annissa Essaibi George on worsening problem of improperly discarded needles.
Published on 2/8/2019
Alum Wins CAMTech Award in Opioid Epidemic Challenge
Alum Chia-Ying Wendy Lin part of team that received Community Engagement Reward for widget that aids recovery from substance misuse.
Published on 10/18/2018
Changing the Narrative on Opioids
BU Center for the Humanities forum, cohosted by SPH, examines crisis through history, culture, literature.
Published on 6/6/2018
In the Classroom: In Fighting Opioids, ‘Just the Facts’ Isn’t Enough
Class teaches effective public health communication, with students learning to find their public voice by practicing press releases, op-eds, and testimony for public hearings.
Published on 5/16/2018
Eligibility, Communication Issues Barriers to Substance Use Disorder Treatment
Of 21.7 million Americans in need of substance use disorder treatment, only 2.35 million receive treatment at specialty facility.
Published on 1/4/2017
SPH Researcher Involved in Development of Detox Support App
Smartphone app will help patients get off buprenorphine, used for opioid withdrawal.
Published on 11/3/2015
Drug Overdoses on Rise Worldwide, Warrant More Study
Overdose no longer just 'urban problem.'
SPH Snapshot
SPH Snapshot: The Opioid Epidemic
Signs of the opioid epidemic are evident in our surrounding community. Here is a look at past events that SPH has held to tackle this public health challenge.
In the Media
New York Times
Thousands More Jeffrey Epsteins Are Still Out There — references study led by Emily Rothman, professor of community health sciences.
Yahoo Sports
Rob Gronkowski, Who Said He Had 20 Concussions, Claims He 'Fixed' His CTE — quotes Yorghos Tripodis, research associate professor of biostatistics.
Juul Says It Will Keep Running ‘Make the Switch’ Ad Campaign Despite FDA Concerns — quotes Michael Siegel, professor of community health sciences.
Voice of America
Transgender College Students More Likely to Struggle with Mental Health — quotes Sarah Ketchen Lipson, assistant professor of health law, policy, and management.
Why UCSD Keeps Denying a Genital Mutilation Study Involving Kenyan Girls — quotes Leonard Glantz, professor emeritus of health law, ethics, and human rights.
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Looking Ahead
DEAN'S SEMINAR—Follow Chester! Exploring Microaggressions, Civility, and Allies in Children’s Books and Beyond
Monday, October 7, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm, Keefer Auditorium.
Student Coffee Chat with the Dean
Wednesday, October 9, 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm, Founders Room.
DEAN'S SYMPOSIUM—400 Years of Inequality: Breaking the Cycle of Systemic Racism
Friday, October 18, 8:30 am – 2:30 pm, Hiebert Lounge.
School Assembly for Faculty and Staff
Tuesday, October 22, 8:45 am – 10:50 am, Hiebert Lounge.
DEAN'S SYMPOSIUM—Social Work and the Health of Populations
Tuesday, October 22, 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm, Charles River Campus, Photonics Center, Colloquium Room.
Faculty Breakfast with the Dean
Wednesday, October 23, 10:00 am – 11:00 am, Founders Room.
PUBLIC HEALTH FORUM—On the Global Socioeconomic Context of Chronic Diseases
Wednesday, October 23, 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm, Hiebert Lounge.
Staff Breakfast with the Dean
Friday, October 25, 9:30 am – 10:30 am, Crosstown 305.
DEAN'S SEMINAR—Single Payer Health Care: Aspirations and Realities
Monday, October 28, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm, Hiebert Lounge.
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