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Penn State mounts broad attack on opioid addiction in Pennsylvania

A low-angle view of Captain Jennifer Fan, acting deputy director of the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, speaking at a podium. Behind her is a screen with a PowerPoint slide and a blue curtain below it. Fan has short, brown hair and wears glasses.

Captain Jennifer Fan of the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention discusses new substance abuse prevention initiatives at Penn State College of Medicine’s Addiction Symposium.

By Katherine Brind’Amour

A startling 13 to 16 people die each day in Pennsylvania due to opioid overdose, among the more than 70,000 Americans who succumbed to the epidemic in 2017, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That gives Pennsylvania the dubious distinction of being ranked near the top of opioid-related death rates in the U.S.

“Alcoholism is still the most common substance use disorder, but it has been eclipsed by the opioid crisis because people are dying,” says Dr. Sarah Kawasaki, medical director of the Advancement and Recovery opioid addiction treatment program at Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute. “It’s killing people in the prime of their lives. Children are without parents. The number of deaths is what makes this epidemic so important.”

That’s why the clinicians, researchers and administrators with Penn State Health and Penn State College of Medicine have united to fight the opioid crisis. Their weapons are evidence-based clinical treatment, research and education, and they are aiming at every phase of the problem ― from pre-addiction through treatment and recovery.


January 9, 2019 at 11:51 am Leave a comment

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