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Updates on a Prescription Drug Monitoring Program in Pennsylvania

Tracking progress on our home state’s efforts to modernize our PDMP Editor’s note: As information related to PA’s PDMP becomes available, we are sharing it on the IRETA Blog.  This post will be updated frequently.  Feel free to email relevant news and information to jessica@ireta.org.   Recent news Prescription drug database advances to Gov. Corbett […]

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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 […]

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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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The Divided Self

Navigating conflicting preferences, our own and those of others We sometimes behave as if we had two selves, one who wants healthy lungs and another who enjoys smoking; one who desires to improve himself by studying hard and another would rather watch TV or socialize. These two selves are in continual contest for control: indulgence […]

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Bringing New Treatment Options to Homeless Clients

SMART Recovery bolsters those who often feel powerless, says local outreach counselor I work at a homeless drop-in center in Pittsburgh’s Uptown neighborhood. I spend my days interacting with people who embody our society’s suffering and trying to think of new ways to help them through this suffering. Acute mental illness, severe addiction issues and debilitating physical ailments […]

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We’re Two Today!

Celebrating IRETA Blog’s birthday (Downside: no cupcakes. Upside: no noisemakers.) Hello, friends!  Welcome to our second birthday party. Thanks for being here today and (perhaps) on other days over the past two years.  How the time does fly. We are the Institute for Research, Education and Training in Addictions (IRETA).  Established in 1999, IRETA works toward the […]

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