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

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Amy Charley

Allison Hydzik
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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

Perinatal Addictions Center
6714 Kelly Street, Pittsburgh, Pa., 15208

UPMC Mercy

Detox Unit
1400 Locust Street, Pittsburgh, Pa., 15219

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

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


Pittsburgh Poison Center

Available 24 hours/day for poison information

UPMC Altoona

Community Crisis Hotline

Crisis counselors are available 24 hours/day