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Integrated, multidisciplinary approach key to opioid fight: panel

Jul. 26, 2018—No single approach will end the epidemic of fatal overdoses caused by addiction to opioid painkillers and heroin that is ravaging this country, the U.S. Assistant Secretary for Health, Adm. Brett Giroir, MD, warned Tuesday during a panel discussion in a packed lecture hall at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

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Commission aims to revise opioid education efforts

Jul. 12, 2018—The Tennessee Commission on Pain and Addiction Medicine Education, a group representing medicine, nursing, pharmacy, dentistry and other health professions, recently submitted its initial recommendations on addressing the opiate crisis to Gov. Bill Haslam.

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Study reveals opioid patients face multiple barriers to treatment

Jul. 12, 2018—In areas of the country disproportionately affected by the opioid crisis, treatment programs are less likely to accept patients paying through insurance of any type or accept pregnant women, a new Vanderbilt study found.

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Opioid epidemic focus of June 27 Student-Invited Pharmacology Forum

Jun. 14, 2018—“America’s Opioid Epidemic” is the theme of the 27th annual Joel G. Hardman Student-Invited Pharmacology Forum, beginning at 9 a.m. Wednesday, June 27, in the Vanderbilt Student Life Center.

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Addressing the opioid crisis

May. 24, 2018—U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams, MD, MPH, visited Vanderbilt University Medical Center last week to speak at the spring Health Policy Grand Rounds at Langford Auditorium. The event was dedicated to combatting America’s opioid crisis, and Adams emphasized the importance of the overdose-reversal drug naloxone.

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Silence, denial keeps America steeped in opioid addiction, Kennedy says

Mar. 14, 2018—Former U.S. Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy advocated for better treatment of mental health issues and spoke candidly about his struggles during a Chancellor's Lecture Series discussion on Tuesday.

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Discussing the opioid crises

Feb. 15, 2018—Stephen Patrick, MD, MPH, MS, assistant professor of Pediatrics and Health Policy in the Division of Neonatology at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, testified before Congress recently about the rise and impact of drug withdrawal symptoms in newborns, also known as neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS).

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Study seeks to reduce opioid use for chronic pain

Nov. 30, 2017—Kristin Archer, PhD, DPT, associate professor and vice chair of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, will serve as principal investigator at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) for a clinical trial that is examining strategies for reducing opioid use among patients with chronic pain.

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Ophthalmologists’ opioid prescribing patterns studied

Nov. 9, 2017—Prescription opioid abuse is at epidemic levels, and Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Shriji Patel, M.D., assistant professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, wanted to find out what part, if any, his colleagues play in the crisis.

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VCAR science day shines light on addiction’s power

Oct. 19, 2017—Fatal drug overdoses in Davidson County more than doubled in the past four years and now exceed the death rates for homicides and motor vehicle accidents, yet few people with addiction can obtain the treatment they need, Nashville Mayor Megan Barry said Tuesday.

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Mayor to speak at Center for Addiction Research science day

Oct. 5, 2017—Nashville Mayor Megan Barry will speak during a “science day,” Tuesday, Oct. 17, at the Belcourt Theatre hosted by the Vanderbilt Center for Addiction Research (VCAR).

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