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Family ties protect young adults from substance misuse

Mar 29, 2021

Opioid use disorders now affect over 2.1 million people in the United States, and rates of drug overdose have skyrocketed over the past three decades. In a collaboration between the Penn State Population Research Institute and Syracuse University’s Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion,…

Community-Engaged Research Day fosters collaborative partnerships

Jul 2, 2019

Community leaders and scientists shared breakfast and sought solutions to problems like opioids, obesity and depression June 6 at the Community-Engaged Research Day. The Community-Engaged Research Core of Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute hosted the event at Dixon University…

For many, friends and family, not doctors, serve as a gateway to opioid misuse

Jun 4, 2019

In a common narrative of the path to opioid misuse, people become addicted to painkillers after a doctor prescribed them pills to treat an injury and then, later, switch to harder drugs, such as heroin. However, nonmedical opioid users were more likely to say they began abusing opioids after…

Study: Friends, family are most common gateway to addiction, not doctors

May 15, 2019

By Rich Lord, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette The often-told story of the prescription for an opioid that launches the patient down the road to ruin is not the typical tale of heroin addiction, according to a new report by researchers from Penn State and other universities. More common, according to the…

Share Your Opioid Story: A Community Conversation at Schlow Library on May 30

May 15, 2019

The Share Your Opioid Story initiative is hosting a Community Conversation at the Schlow Centre Region Library in State College to tell the stories behind the statistics of the opioid crisis. This community event will take place at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 30 in the Downsbrough Community Room. To…

First annual conference to address substance misuse held at Penn State

May 3, 2019

Pennsylvania is in the midst of a full-fledged, substance misuse epidemic, with one out of every four families encountering this issue. Penn State is combating the crisis by drawing upon the expertise of researchers, educators, practitioners and policymakers, who gathered recently for the…

Understanding opioid users' views on fentanyl could help reduce overdoses

Apr 23, 2019

Opioid users fear accidental overdoses from street drugs laced with fentanyl, but unpredictable drug quality means they often lack reliable strategies to avoid it, according to a team of researchers who suggest that fentanyl test strips may reduce overdose deaths. "The opioid crisis is one of the…

Consortium to Combat Substance Abuse Conference adds speakers

Apr 17, 2019

Still on the fence about coming to the conference? We just found out that Anne Herron, acting director in the Office of the Director at the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) at SAMHSA will also be joining us! The activities of her office include working to close the gap between…

Register Today for the CCSA Conference

Apr 10, 2019

There is still time to register for the Consortium to Combat Substance Abuse's first annual conference, Envisioning a Future Free from Addiction: Research, Programs, and Practice to Prevent Substance Abuse, to be held Monday, April 29, on Penn State’s University Park campus at the Hetzel Union…

Seed funding available to combat substance abuse

Dec 7, 2018

Penn State’s Consortium to Combat Substance Abuse (CCSA) is seeking to support interdisciplinary teams of Penn State researchers whose work is aimed at combating opioid and other substance abuse. CCSA Interim Director Stephanie Lanza, professor of biobehavioral health and director of the Edna…

'Ask the Experts' addresses the opioid epidemic on cesarean sections

Nov 30, 2018

The latest episode in the “Ask the Experts” series features Danielle Symons Downs, professor of kinesiology and obstetrics and gynecology, and associate director of the Social Science Research Institute at Penn State, discussing her research on the links between cesarean section deliveries and…
News Topics: OpioidsPregnancy

A Systems Approach to Opioid Mitigation

Nov 20, 2018

Opioid and related substance abuse is devastating many communities across the country and has proven a particularly difficult problem to address. In this presentation, Griffin will discuss research being done at the Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering at Purdue University to help mitigate…

Penn State launches new consortium to combat the opioid crisis

Oct 3, 2018

Pennsylvania is one of the states most impacted by the growing opioid epidemic, with one of the highest overdose death rates in the country — but a new initiative bringing together experts from across Penn State aims to combat this crisis through data-driven, evidence-based innovation. The Penn…

WPSU to address opioid addiction, recovery with special programming

Sep 19, 2018

Jaime Durst, from Centre County, said she was 28 years old when she began abusing drugs and alcohol. “I don’t know how that started; it was just some of the people I was hanging with,” said Durst, who realized she needed to seek treatment for her opioid addiction. “All of a sudden it became really…

Seed grants to support opioid research announced

Sep 13, 2018

Penn State’s  Social Science Research Institute (SSRI), in collaboration with the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), has awarded over $200,000 in funding to support 10 new interdisciplinary teams of Penn State researchers whose work is aimed at combating the opioid epidemic. “…

'Share Your Opioid Story' website bringing awareness, buzz of opioid epidemic

Jul 3, 2018

Watch the WJAC-TV news coverage of the "Shair Your Opioid Story" website, featuring SSRI Director Susan McHale and Justice Center for Research's Glenn Sterner.
News Topics: OpioidsSSRI

Penn State researchers hope website humanizes, helps others affected by opioids

Jun 24, 2018

Stories can speak as loudly as statistics. That is the purpose behind “Share Your Opioid Story,” an initiative designed to raise public awareness of the impact of the opioid epidemic in Pennsylvania and empower Pennsylvanians affected by the epidemic to talk openly about the effects of opioid…

Contributions of social and behavioral research in addressing the opioid crisis

Jun 12, 2018

OBSSR in collaboration with the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), and the NIH…

Opioid crisis funding opportunities

Jun 12, 2018

Funding opportunities to address the opioid crisis are available from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, National Institute on Drug Abuse, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation…
News Topics: OpioidsFunding

NIH launches HEAL Initiative, doubles funding to accelerate scientific solutions to stem national opioid epidemic

Apr 4, 2018

Today, at the 2018 National Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit, National Institutes of Health Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., announced the launch of the HEAL (Helping to End Addiction Long-term) Initiative, an aggressive, trans-agency effort to speed scientific solutions to stem the…
News Topics: NIHFundingOpioids

Penn State hosts summit to combat the opioid epidemic

Jan 23, 2018

Opioid overdose deaths in Pennsylvania increased 37 percent in 2016, ranking the state fourth in the nation. Coming on the heels of Gov. Tom Wolf’s declaration of the opioid crisis as a disaster emergency, Penn State recently held its first University-wide summit on the opioid epidemic. The summit…

News coverage of Penn State's Summit on the Opioid Epidemic

Jan 16, 2018

The Penn State Summit on the Opioid Epidemic was held Friday, Jan. 12, at 122 at Heritage Hall in the HUB-Robeson Center on the University Park campus. The summit gathered faculty from across Penn State with the goal of developing an interdisciplinary and translational agenda aimed at combating the…
News Topics: Opioids

SSRI RFA for opioid research

Jan 10, 2018

SSRI is providing funding to increase the quantity and quality of interdisciplinary opioid research by Penn State faculty. Proposals are invited for pilot research projects aimed at solving the opioid crisis. We seek interdisciplinary Penn State teams to develop novel translational research…

Penn State to host summit on opioid epidemic

Jan 8, 2018

By Cassie Kizis | The Daily Collegian Over the past decade, opioid abuse has become an increasingly prevalent issue in the United States. While there are a multitude of ways this issue can harm communities, perhaps the most visible way is the death toll. According to the Center for Disease Control…