Yale Scholars Tackle Opioid Crisis in Groundbreaking Journal Issue
More than two dozen Yale professors, doctors, and students have published a series of groundbreaking articles on the opioid crisis in the Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics. The special issue is notable for tackling the opioid epidemic from a variety of angles — including health law, criminal law, addiction science, and social justice and race. It features prominent voices from across Yale University, including Yale Law School, the Yale School of Medicine, the Yale School of Public Health, and the Yale Jackson Institute for Global Affairs.Source: Yale Law School
Yale researchers receive federal grants to study pain management in veterans, active military members
Three Yale and VA Connecticut Healthcare System research teams have been awarded federal grants as part of a multi-year study of how to manage chronic pain in veterans and active military members without the use of drugs.
Connecticut ranks high in opioid-related visits to hospitals
With opioids in wide circulation, Dr. Gail D’Onofrio, chief of emergency medicine at the hospital and chairwoman of emergency medicine at Yale School of Medicine, isn’t sure that one-day spike will stand as a record.Source: New Haven Register
Patients with opioid addiction benefit from treatment initiated in ED
Patients addicted to opioids often seek care in the emergency department (ED). They are more likely to receive addiction treatment, and reduce opioid use long-term if they are started on medication to reduce cravings in the ED, according to a new Yale study.
Yale authored CDC report lauds New Haven’s response to fentanyl overdoses
The quick-acting response by city medical, law enforcement and public health officials to last summer’s string of fentanyl overdoses likely limited the potential impact of the drug’s deadly outbreak, according to a report by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Source: New Haven Register
Experts: Combination of genes, environment contribute to opioid, other addictions
Genetics plays a 50 percent role in a person’s chances of developing addiction, according to Dr. Stuart Gitlow, executive director of the Annenberg Physician Training Program in Addictive Disease at the Frank Foundation.Source: The New Haven Register
ED-Initiated Buprenorphine Outperforms Referral or SBIRT for ED Patients With Opioid Addiction
Drs. Gail D’Onofrio, David Fiellin, and colleagues at the Yale School of Medicine and School of Public Health screened 71,000 patients who presented for emergency care at a large urban hospital. Of 329 who met the researchers’ study criteria and were found to be addicted to opioids, one-third (34 percent) came to the ED seeking treatment for their opioid addiction, and another 8.8 percent were experiencing opioid overdoses.Source: NIH
Emergency department treatment for opioid addiction better than referrals
Yale researchers conducted the first known randomized trial comparing three treatment strategies for opioid-dependent patients receiving emergency care. They found that patients given the medication buprenorphine were more likely to engage in addiction treatment and reduce their illicit opioid use.
Grilo Guest Co-Editor of Special Issue of Clinical Therapeutics
Carlos Grilo, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry and of Psychology and Director of the Yale Program for Obesity Weight and Eating Research, served as guest co-editor on the January 2021 special issue of Clinical Therapeutics, centered on the topic of eating disorders.
Genetic Analysis of Symptoms Yields New Insights Into PTSD
Attempts to identify the genetic causes of neuropsychiatric diseases such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) through large-scale genome-wide analyses have yielded thousands of potential links. The challenge is further complicated by the wide range of symptoms exhibited by those who have PTSD. For instance, does extreme arousal, anger, or irritation experienced by some have the same genetic basis as the tendency to re-experience traumatic events, another symptom of the disorder? A new study led by researchers at Yale and the University of California-San Diego (UCSD) provides answers to some of these questions and uncovers intriguing genetic similarities between PTSD and other mental health disorders such as anxiety, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia.Source: Yale News