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The Opioid Epidemic: UPMC and Pitt Health Sciences Address the Issue

PITTSBURGH, March 30, 2016 – With its feature piece on Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC’s Pregnancy Recovery Center on Tuesday, CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley brought international attention to a difficult issue that UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences are confronting head-on: drug abuse and addiction.
 
Today, UPMC and Pitt are launching a series on our Inside Life Changing Medicine news blog to share the stories of our doctors, researchers and nurses who have made significant efforts to reduce diversion and misuse of prescription opioids.

Part 1: Magee’s Pregnancy Recovery Center Overview
The Opioid Epidemic: A Program for Pregnant Women Coping with Addiction

Part 2: Overview of the Opioid Epidemic
The Opioid Epidemic: Preventing Misuse of Prescription Opoids

Part 3: Tips for Parents on How to Identify if Their Child Might be Abusing Substances
The Opioid Epidemic: UPMC Community Pediatric Practices Screen for Substance Abuse

Part 4: Stephanie Bobby: One Nurse’s Special Touch
The Opioid Epidemic: One Nurse’s Special Touch


Part 5: Pitt Public Health Pilots Opioid Overdose Prevention Research
The Opioid Epidemic: Pitt Public Health Tackles Knowledge Gaps


 

UPMC has many resources to help with drug addiction, including:

Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC

Narcotic Addiction Treatment Program
6714 Kelly Street, Pittsburgh, Pa., 15208
412-864-5300
 
Perinatal Addictions Center
6714 Kelly Street, Pittsburgh, Pa., 15208
412-864-5300
 

UPMC Mercy

Detox Unit
1400 Locust Street, Pittsburgh, Pa., 15219
412-232-4080
Detoxes from Methadone at 30mg as well as opiates in general
 

Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC

Pregnancy Recovery Center
200 Lothrop St., Pittsburgh, Pa., 15213
412-641-1000
Provides comprehensive care for women suffering from opioid addiction by providing medical support to prevent withdrawal during pregnancy, minimizing fetal exposure to illicit substances and engaging the mother as a leader in her recovery
 

UPMC

Pittsburgh Poison Center
1-800-222-1222
Available 24 hours/day for poison information
 

UPMC Altoona

Community Crisis Hotline
814-889-2141
Crisis counselors are available 24 hours/day

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