In 2009, the World Health Organization advocated for a “medication first” approach to treating opioid use disorder. Ten years later, in the midst of an unprecedented number of opioid-related deaths, the idea is still marginal in America.
Amy Winehouse was not unusual in her overlap between eating disorders and addiction. Research shows that substance use disorders (SUDs) go hand-in-hand with eating disorders (EDs), particularly binge eating and purging behavior.
As an organization, IRETA benefits from many partners and supporters. We are tremendously grateful for the people we work with, and for the many thousands of people we are connected to all over the world. We thank you for the work we do together, and for your shared interest in substance use and health.
Even as the consensus seems to be gathering around the need for a less punitive and more therapeutic approach to addiction, there are monumental questions about how actually to achieve this shift.
The extremely popular webinar, There Are a Number of Ways for an ED to Responsibly Address Addiction, was originally held on October 17, 2018, and led by Dr. Michael Lynch is now available in our Webinar Library.
We are overwhelmed by the support of the whole Pittsburgh community, who came together last month to celebrate the reality and possibility of recovery from addiction. If you want to get a sense of what this year’s Pittsburgh Recovery Walk was like, watch this video. Or if you want to relive it–watch this video!
For those of us who are trying to fight stigma by talking more openly about addiction, it’s important to be aware of words that can actually have the opposite effect.
When it comes to providing treatment with buprenorphine, primary care providers fear an onslaught.
IRETA was fortunate to be chosen to work with Foundations Medical Services, a methadone maintenance program in Butler, PA managed by Pyramid Healthcare, Inc.
Every generation struggles with their own set of public health issues. Our generation is faced with the opioid epidemic–which has been brewing for over 20 years. Let’s dispelling misconceptions about liability risk associated with dispensing naloxone.