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Screening for risky alcohol use not nearly as common as similarly effective preventative services

Download our new case studies to learn how organizations are using SBIRT in the real world Editor’s note: SBIRT stands for Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment. Learn more about it here. SBIRT to address risky alcohol use is as effective and cost-effective as a flu shot, but it’s not nearly so widespread. This […]

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Substance Users’ Lives Have Value

A Message from IRETA’s Board Chair I generally do not find it difficult to remain focused on IRETA’s core mission. Unhealthy substance use and addiction do not fall off my radar; I see their effects all around me. But on two specific occasions during the last year, I had the opportunity to connect deeply with […]

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Completing the Program is Important…But it’s Just the First Step

IRETA recently completed a program evaluation of the Level 3C Residential Drug and Alcohol Treatment Program at Renewal, Inc. Located here in Pittsburgh, Renewal, Inc. is a nonprofit that provides alternative housing and community corrections services for individuals in Allegheny County, State of Pennsylvania, and Federal justice systems. The main question the program evaluation sought to answer was […]


Updates on a Prescription Drug Monitoring Program in Pennsylvania

Tracking progress on our home state’s efforts to modernize our PDMP On October 27, Pennsylvania passed a law that will modernize our prescription drug monitoring program and undoubtedly save lives. However, implementation will be even more complex than the lengthy legislative process we’ve already seen. We’ll continue to share information about our PDMP as the […]


Are medications on the menu?

New reports suggest opportunities to increase utilization of medication-assisted treatment for opiate addiction in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania Allegheny HealthChoices, Inc. (AHCI)¹ recently published two reports about the utilization of medication-assisted treatment (MAT) among people with opioid-related disorders who sought substance use disorder (SUD) treatment in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania during 2012 and 2013. Purpose for the […]

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Recovery is Excelsior, Ever Upward

Expanding the definition of recovery during National Recovery Month Given that September is SAMHSA’s National Recovery Month, I would like to speak about a recent realization: the reason this month is so important is because we have forgotten that recovery from addiction issues was and is the norm! For too long, our culture and language […]


We Now Have Real-Time Overdose Data, Which is Great News

Health professionals, public servants, and regular folks can now access accurate data on fatal overdose in Allegheny and other Pennsylvania counties With funding from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy’s Program Evaluation and Research Unit (PERU) has launched a statewide website called OverdoseFreePA.  It offers educational toolkits tailored […]


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