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Friday, August 27, 2021
UM School of Medicine Study Finds Mobile Telemedicine Unit as Effective as Traditional Clinics to Treat Opioid Addiction in Rural Areas
Rural regions in the U.S. have been disproportionately affected by the opioid epidemic, while also having the fewest number of programs to treat opioid use disorder. In an effort to remedy this dire health issue, University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) researchers reconfigured a recreational vehicle (RV) as a telemedicine mobile treatment unit to determine whether it could provide effective screening and treatment to individuals with opioid use disorder in rural areas. Their research, published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Network Open, found that the innovative approach to be as successful as traditional brick-and-mortar treatment clinics. The study also found a significant reduction in illicit opioid use among the majority of patients treated on the mobile unit, as well as sustained success in these patients continuing therapy to avoid relapse.
Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Dr. Eric Weintraub Recognized as "Community Star" in Conjunction with National Rural Health Day 2019 for His Opioid Disorder Treatment Work
Eric Weintraub, MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and Head of the Division of Alcohol & Drug Abuse, was named “Community Star” by the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health
Thursday, May 16, 2019
Dr. Christopher Welsh (SOM, UMMC) and Dr. Michelle Gourdine (UMMS) have been appointed to an opioid addiction working group by Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski.
Expert working group will lead public engagement effort to gather input and develop recommendations
Thursday, April 04, 2019
Health and addiction treatment officials from the Caroline County Health Department, Maryland Department of Health, the Maryland Opioid Operational Command Center, and the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) in Denton, MD., launched the Eastern Shore Mobile Care Collaborative (ESMCC), a mobile system designed to provide state-of-the-art treatment for opioid disorders for those in need on the Maryland Eastern shore.
Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Study May Fuel Need for More Comprehensive Drug Testing in Hospitals
Friday, January 05, 2018
Fighting Opioid Addiction from Baltimore to Garrett County: University of Maryland School of Medicine Rises to the Challenge
The opioid epidemic has been deadly for Maryland. In 2016, more than 2000 people in the state died from overdoses; in 2017, deaths rose another 40 percent, and deaths from the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl were up nearly 140 percent. Last year, Gov. Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency in response to the opioid epidemic, saying the state needs an “all-hands-on-deck approach.”
Friday, April 29, 2016
Baltimore City Health Commissioner Speaks at University of Maryland School of Medicine Addiction Conference
Baltimore City Health Commissioner Leana Wen and other experts recently addressed ways to decrease the epidemic of opioid overdose deaths at a conference on mental health and addiction.