Opioid abuse has become a major public health problem in the U.S. According to the Centers for Diseases Control (CDC), overdose deaths involving prescription opioids increased to about 19,000 deaths in 2014, more than four times the number in 2000. In 2012, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, an estimated 2.1 million people suffered from substance use disorders related to prescription opioid pain relievers, with an estimated 467,000…
HIV & Opioids: Crisis in Indiana, Boston, and Beyond
World AIDS Day Symposium Thursday, December 1, 2016 8:00 – 9:30 am • Coffee & Breakfast Provided Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health • Kresge G2 In 2015, experts were caught off guard when an HIV epidemic exploded in a rural Indiana town. Prescription painkillers were being ground up and injected, often with shared needles, an easy route for HIV transmission. The U.S. is in the midst of an unprecedented opioid…
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A Better Test for Zika
Wei-Kung Wang’s Work on Flaviviruses By Martha Henry Timing is everything. Dr. Wei-Kung Wang returned to Harvard in early March, just as the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the Zika outbreak to be a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.
The Future of Nigeria’s Response to HIV: Q&A with Dr. Oluwatobi Victor Popoola
By Belinda O’Donnell From June to August, I was a peer collaborator for the Mandela Washington Fellows, based at Howard University in Washington D.C. There I met the remarkable Dr. Victor Popoola, an HIV clinician and 2016 Fellow.