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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Antidote to Pain and Negativity? Let It Be.
Hedy Kober, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology, is the corresponding author of a paper published in Social, Cognitive, and Affective Neuroscience that touts the benefits of mindfulness to help people deal with physical pain and negative emotions.
In the right (lab) culture, mentorship flourishes — and science benefits
You might imagine a science lab looking a bit sterile and impersonal — little sunlight, masked figures in white coats pouring neon-colored liquid into beakers, all business. You might not expect to hear a science lab referred to as familial, where badminton tournaments, movie nights and barbeques are commonplace.
Trainee-Led Study Seeks to Better Understand All-Cause Mortality in Schizophrenia Patients
A new study led by a Yale Department of Psychiatry trainee sought to better understand why people with schizophrenia have dramatically increased all-cause mortality, and whether living with severe mental illness accelerates the aging process.