Updates on a Prescription Drug Monitoring Program in Pennsylvania

Posted on Mar 11, 2015 in Addiction in the News, Evidence-Based and Best Practices, Pittsburgh

Tracking progress on our home state’s efforts to modernize our PDMP On October 27, 2014, 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 program gets off the ground. Look for further blog posts...

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It’s Funny, It’s Fun, It’s Normal

Posted on Jan 13, 2015 in Addiction in the News

How do lighthearted media portrayals of people who “can’t stop” affect social norms? Imagine two twenty-something men purchasing a disorganized armload of groceries. There’s some canned food, a few snacks, a six-pack of beer, a roll of toilet paper. The cashier hands back the credit card–it’s been rejected. The men fumble in their pockets and produce a wad of crumpled dollars bills. The cashier shakes her head, it’s not...

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Together, Health Professional Associations Determine Core Competencies in Collaboration

Posted on Jan 6, 2015 in Evidence-Based and Best Practices, IRETA and Our Services

How do we teach future health professionals to work together? In nursing school, you learn about anatomy, epidemiology, ethics. Those topics are covered in medical and dental school, too. But what about working as a team with other medical professionals? When–and more importantly—how is that taught? Now, an educational collaborative has determined core competencies for InterProfessional Collaboration—that is to say, teamwork with other...

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

Posted on Dec 8, 2014 in SBIRT

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 is according to a systematic review of research on alcohol SBIRT published between 1992 and 2004, which...

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