Dawn shares her experience caring for patients with substance use disorder in the Mass General Emergency Department.
Mark shares his own personal story of addiction and recovery.
Emily speaks about how she developed a substance use disorder and about her experience getting care in the MGH Bridge Clinic.
Anthony describes how he achieved recovery from substance use disorder with the help of the West End Clinic.
Dr. Laura Kehoe, Medical Director of the MGH Bridge Clinic, and Dr. Nalan Ward, Medical Director of the MGH West End Clinic
Dr. Kehoe and Dr. Ward describe why addiction is a chronic, treatable disease and what the Bridge Clinic and West End Clinic are doing to help patients recover.
- Overcoming the Stigma of Addiction
Twenty-three million people in the United States struggle with substance use disorders. The prevalence of these disorders and their wide-ranging effects has made them the number one public health concern in the country—unintentional overdose is the leading cause of accidental death, and according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the annual economic cost is $700 billion from lost productivity, health care spending and criminal justice involvement.
- Opioid guidelines: Mass General responds
In early July, the Mass General/MGPO Opioid Task Force launched a set of new guidelines for the safe and effective prescribing of opioids in the settings of acute and chronic pain.
- Mass General’s Response to the Opioid Epidemic
Mass General Hospital is on the front lines of the opioid epidemic. In October 2014, as a result of a community health needs assessment, Mass General developed a new approach to the treatment of substance use disorders, including opioid use disorders, the highest clinical priority of a hospital-wide strategic plan.
- Experts: Long-term Treatment Works, but There Is No Cure (South Coast Today)
Led by experts of the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Addiction Medicine, “Turning the Tide on the Opioid Epidemic: Lessons from MGH” aimed to offer real solutions to a problem that has touched so many in the SouthCoast. Moreover, the Tuesday discussion at the Whaling Museum centered around the notion that opioid addiction is a chronic disease that can be treated with the use of medication, counseling and therapy.
- Mass General Coaches Work to Keep Clients Clean, Out of Trouble (Boston Herald)
Shannon Lundin, 36, of Charlestown turned to pills and needles at a young age to quiet the echoes of painful memories of childhood abuse.
- It’s Time for Primary Care Providers to Embrace Treating Addiction (STAT)
Many primary care practitioners have been avoiding the battle against opioid addiction and opioid overdoses. But they shouldn’t.
- To Get This Job, A Former Life as an Addict Is Required (Boston Globe)
- Fentanyl: The Dangers of this Potent “Man-Made” Opioid (Harvard Health Publications)
As we watch the devastation of the opioid crisis escalate in a rising tide of deaths, a lesser known substance is frequently mentioned: fentanyl.