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With opioids, a grim reality for outbreak, communities

As it stands, researchers believe that if something doesn’t change, opioids will be the cause of death for nearly 500,000 people within the next decade.

While also painting a picture of the epidemic that he says is heaviest in Southwest Virginia as far as this region, Dr. Robert Pack laid out possible solutions during the Virginia Rural Health Providers Conference, “Intersections” on Wednesday.

Read more at The Gazette-Virginian...

Dr. Pack


ETSU researchers building database to track NAS children

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. — Little is known about the long-term effects of babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome caused by opioids, but researchers at East Tennessee State University are working to change that.

The college’s Center for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment is currently establishing a registry using information from the medical records of hundreds of area babies born in the past five years. It is considered the first step in what organizers hope will become a long-term research project.

Read more at the Bristol Herald-Courier...

Dr. Wood


ASPPH Congressional Briefing on Public Health Approaches to the Opioid Epidemic Draws Standing Room Only Crowd

On Monday June 19, ASPPH sponsored a Congressional Briefing titled, “The Opioid Epidemic: Findings from Public Health Research Experts.” The session was sponsored by Representatives Harold Rogers (KY), Tim Murphy (PA), Evan Jenkins (WV) and Bill Johnson (OH).  Rep. Jenkins opened the session, expressing Congressional concern with the impact of the addiction crisis on constituents.

The Briefing was attended by almost 200 House and Senate staff members, along with various addiction research and treatment leaders and advocates. 

Public health school leaders in five states in the Appalachian region participated in the briefing:

  • Dean Donald S. Burke, Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh
  • Dean Donna Arnett, College of Public Health, University of Kentucky
  • Dean Jeffrey Coben, School of Public Health, West Virginia University
  • Dean William J. Martin II, College of Public Health, The Ohio State University
  • Dr. Robert Pack, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, College of Public Health, East Tennessee State University

They discussed the complex and dynamic processes at work in the opioid crisis and shared their findings on unique approaches to address the course of the epidemic. The speakers also discussed how academic public health is assisting affected communities by bringing traditional and novel epidemic control strategies to the disease, including the development and evaluation of treatment options, law enforcement methods, prevention approaches, and state and local policies.

The session concluded with a robust Q&A session. Many of the participants also visited with their respective Congressional delegations and staffs both before and after the briefing to discuss local aspects of the opioid epidemic crisis.


Dr. Tudiver retires

Dr. Fred Tudiver retired after 14 years in the Department of Family Medicine. He obtained more than $7.7 million in grant funding during his time as Director of Primary Care Research. Now professor emeritus, Dr. Tudiver has authored more than 140 peer-reviewed publications during his career, and has provided patient care in Greeneville and Johnson City.  On August 19, 2016, he received Professor Emeritus Status.

Fred Tudiver 


ETSU establishes center to address prescription drug abuse

East Tennessee State University announced its establishment of a new, interprofessional research center at the institution that will focus on one of the most significant health issues plaguing both the region and much of the nation.

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ETSU establishes center to address prescription drug abuse 

 


Members of ETSU College of Public Health featured in Tri-Cities Healthy
Living. 

The Prescription Drug Abuse/Misuse Working Group, Dr. Katie Baker,
and Dr. Joel Hillhouse in the ETSU College of Public Health were all featured
in a recent edition of Tri-Cities Healthy Living magazine. 


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Members of ETSU College of Public Health featured in Tri-Cities Healthy Living

 


Dr. Alamian and Dr. Pack collaborate on TBR grant project. 

Dr. Arsham Alamian, Assistant Professor in the Department of Biostatistics and
Epidemiology, and Dr. Robert Pack, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
in the ETSU College of Public Health, are collaborating with Dr. Rajkumar
Sevak, an inaugural fellow at the Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy, on
research related to prescription stimulant misuse on college campuses.
The research is funded by a grant from the Tennessee Board of Regents.

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Drs. Alamian and Pack collaborate on TBR grant project


Dr. Pack Testifies to Senate Committee on Prescription Drug Abuse. 

Dr. Robert Pack, Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the East Tennessee State University College of Public Health, was invited to testify before the Senate Health and Welfare Committee, and the House Health Committee regarding prescription drug abuse and the potential impact of pain clinic regulations on the problem.

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Dr. Pack Testifies to Senate Committee on Prescription Drug Abuse


Tennessee opioid abuse reduction group recommends more state action

Tennessee’s Opioid Abuse Reduction Act working group thinks Tennessee should do more to fight its painkiller epidemic and reduce the number of overdose deaths.

Tennessee opioid abuse reduction group recommends more state action


Drug take back events hosted across Tri-Cities

Several area police agencies along with the ETSU Bill Gatton College Of Pharmacy came together Saturday to provide an opportunity for folks to drop off unused medications free of charge.

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Drug take back events hosted across Tri-Cities


Elizabethton PD trains to carry Naloxone in patrol cars. 

Usually it's EMS that carries Narcan, the name-brand, or Naloxone, the generic version. However, more law enforcement agencies acrossthe country are started to carry it, including a police department in our area. 

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Elizabethton PD trains to carry Naloxone in patrol cars 


CDC urge doctors to curb opioid prescriptions: “The risks are addiction and death, and the benefits are unproven.” Click on the image below for full story. 

CDC urge doctors to curb opioid prescriptions


White House Announces Community Forums on Opioid Epidemic: New data show opioid-related overdose deaths rose again in 2014. Community forums across the country focused on best
practices and evidence-based initiatives to prevent and treat prescription drug abuse and heroin use. Click on the image below for full story. 

White House Announces Community Forums on Opioid Epidemic


Team Awareness Training takes aim at drug problem.

The training and the new approach were initiated by the County Commission’s Health, Education and Welfare Committee. Click on the image below for full story.

Training takes aim at drug problem


Drug overdoses claim more lives in Tennessee.

Angela Hagaman speaks with WCYB news about promoting naloxone and Carter County Drug Prevention Coalition.

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Drug overdoses claim more lives in Tenn.


First published manuscript of the Diversity Promoting Institutions Drug Abuse
Research Project (DIDARP) mentioned in SAMHSA's Weekly Prescription Drug Abuse Update.  Click on the image below for full story.

Jeffrey Gray Article in Weekly Update from SAMHSA


Doctoral student, Stephanie Mathis and DIDARP Program Director, Angela Hagaman Partner with Carter County Drug Prevention on Overdose Prevention

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CCDP OPP


Dr. Sarah Melton speaks with WJHL's Kylie McGivern June 17, 2015 

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Melton on WJHL June 17


APHA Merit Award: 

Blue Ribbon Winner - Gray J, LeBlanc B, Bare K, Anthony A. PRESCRIPTION DONATIONS INCREASED DURING DEA SPONSORED DRUG TAKE BACK EVENT: IMPACT OF MASS MARKETING. Journal of the American Pharmacists Association. 2015. 

Poster presented at the American Pharmacists Association Meeting, San Diego, California; March 27, 2015.

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APHA Merit Award Poster


County Commission hears troubling drug statistics

Commissioners heard from two members ETSU College of Public Health,
Dr. Robert Pack (Associate Dean for Academic Affairs) and Angela Hagaman (DIDARP Program Director) regarding prescription drug abuse.

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County Commission hears troubling drug statistics


Beating the odds of drug addiction: Dr. Loyd (Associate Professor and Vice Chair, Veteran Affairs Department of Internal Medicine) of ETSU on WCYB news.Click on the image to know more.

Beating the odds of drug addiction


ETSU recognizes DIDARP team members Dr. Daniel Ventricelli and Dr. Rajkumar Sevak, the inaugural fellows at ETSUs Gatton College of Pharmacy.

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DIDARP Team member - Fellows from Pharmacy college


The DIDARP team collaborated with Generation Rx and the Farmers Market to host the first Annual Drug Take Back Event on ETSU's campus. The following is media coverage around the region. 

JC Press

 

wcyb


PDAM working group member, Dr. Sarah Melton of the ETSU Gatton College of Pharmacy, and husband Dr. Hughes Melton, MD, are highlighted in this informative article outlining the building blocks of drug policy reform from the the 2014 Drug Control Strategy.

 AAFP Melton


Dr. Stephen Loyd on the TODAY show advocating for those suffering from the disease of addiction.

LoydTODAY


Dr. Nicholas Hagemeier, Dr. Ivy Click and Dr. Sarah Melton recognized for their work with Prescription Drug Abuse and Misuse.

Melton in ETSU Accent


"Local Reaction to Haslam's prescription drug abuse plan positive." Kingsport Times News 05 June 2014

 KTN Haslam PDAM Report

 

"ETSU researchers to be a part of effort to reduce number of babies born addicted to drugs" JCP 03 June 2014

  

"More than 1,000 pounds of unwanted medicine collected in NE TN" WCYB 08 May 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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