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Worth a shot: City doubles down on MAT therapy in continued fight against the opioid epidemic

Philadelphia Weekly   -   March 12, 2019 - DBHIDS in the News

Leonidas Tsiaras is an example of how medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder can turn around someone’s life. After surgery for extraction of his wisdom teeth at 20, Tsiaras, now 42, became addicted to prescription Percocets doctors gave him for pain, and as the story so often goes, pretty quickly found himself injecting heroin. He […]

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Why aren’t slots for opioid treatment filled? City tries to turn the tide. | Editorial

Philadelphia Inquirer   -   March 8, 2019 - DBHIDS in the News

The opioid crisis continues to shock with its persistence and casualties. Last year, about 1,100 people died of overdose in the city. One fact that should bring people to a standstill — if only for a minute — is this: The Department of Public Health recently estimated that between 50,000 and 100,000 people in Philadelphia […]

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Philadelphia promotes buprenorphine for opioid addiction treatment

WHYY   -   March 6, 2019 - DBHIDS in the News

When Ronald McAdams got out of prison at age 60, he didn’t want to go back to Philadelphia. He’d spent more than 30 years trying to kick his opioid addiction, in and out of rehabs and detoxes, and was afraid if he went back he’d get hooked again. He was always wary of buprenorphine because […]

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Philly launches media campaign touting medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction

Philly Voice   -   March 6, 2019 - DBHIDS in the News

Philadelphia officials unveiled a new advertising campaign Tuesday that urges people battling opioid addiction to seek medication assisted treatment. There are some 12,000 medication-assisted treatment slots in Philly – and 24 percent of them are currently available. City officials want to get the word out that help is available. “This campaign is largely to say […]

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Philly ad campaign promotes medication-assisted opioid treatment   -   March 6, 2019 - DBHIDS in the News

Despite an opioid overdose epidemic that has killed thousands and stalled the lives of many more, Philadelphia still has plenty of treatment slots, both inpatient and outpatient, that are going unused. So on Tuesday, city officials announced an ad campaign to encourage more people to get started on what is considered the gold standard for […]

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Ad campaign promotes medically assisted treatment for addiction

KYW Newsradio   -   March 6, 2019 - DBHIDS in the News

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Advertising has proven effective at getting people to consume things. But will it work to get people to stop consuming drugs? Philadelphia health officials are hoping the answer is yes. Officials have launched an ad campaign proclaiming “BUPE works.” BUPE, or buprenorphine, is medically assisted treatment for addiction and the target […]

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Philadelphia Offers Free Narcan Training

NBC10 Philadelphia   -   February 19, 2019 - DBHIDS in the News

Philadelphia is offering free public overdose rescue training due to the opioid crisis. Deputy Behavioral Health Commissioner Roland Lamb and Ramon Cruz, a certified peer’s specialist at the Behavioral Health Department, discuss the training show show how people can help someone experiencing an overdose. Click to view report from NBC10: Philadelphia Offers Free Narcan Training

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Mayor’s Office of Black Male Engagement’s Spotlight Guide

February 19, 2019 - DBHIDS in the News

THE SPOTLIGHT GUIDE: Engaging Black Men & Boys Transforming the Narrative in the City of Philadelphia Click to view the guide

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Certified Peer Specialist Application Period Begins April 1

February 19, 2019

Do you know someone who has a lived mental health experience and would be an excellent candidate for the Certified Peer Specialist (CPS) profession? Beginning Monday, April 1, through Friday, April 19,  2019, the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services will accept applications for the Certified Peer Specialist Training Program. Applications must be […]

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Nicotine addiction and substance use disorder treatment: The Philadelphia story

Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Weekly   -   February 8, 2019 - DBHIDS in the News

AThe Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and its leadership have a well-deserved reputation for pioneering recovery-oriented systems of care. Effective Jan. 1, 2019, the agency initiated an aggressive policy to address the problem of nicotine addiction among those receiving substance use disorder (SUD) services in contracted facilities. The policy covers nine detox facilities, 32 short-term […]

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