In this series, you’ll find a collection of articles that detail the expertise, research, and resources that Partners has dedicated to treating and preventing the ravaging effects of opioid addiction in the communities we serve.
Our View: Crafting an Effective Response to the Opioid Crisis
In 2016, 8 in 12 Massachusetts residents who died from an opioid overdose had been prescribed opioids in the period leading up to their death. It’s uncomfortable to admit, but the data proves it: health care is a big part of the country’s opioid epidemic.
Annual Report Snapshot: The Opioid Epidemic
An average of 1,000 Massachusetts lives lost per year. Approximately 2.5 million people addicted nationwide. These sobering facts are the face of the opioid epidemic in this country today.
Specialized Team Fights Opioid Addiction at Newton-Wellesley Hospital
This past month, the city of Newton and Newton-Wellesley Hospital (NWH) revealed plans to collaborate on a new public-private partnership called the Substance Abuse Disorders Service team that will work within the hospital and the community to fight the growing opioid epidemic.
Collaborative ER-based Opioid Program Making a Difference at BID-Plymouth
At Partners HealthCare, we’ve made enhanced treatment and prevention options a priority for the communities we serve. We also recognize this growing issue requires resources from everyone, including political leadership, law enforcement, and other health care organizations.
DEA Joins Partners Clinical Leaders to Bolster the Fight Against Opioid Addiction
Throughout the year, Partners HealthCare convenes dozens of system-wide committees to discuss, brainstorm, and strategize about policies and ideas that will improve the care our patients receive. To further our discussions and learning, we often bring in experts to inform our thinking.
Remote Pain Management Program Having Local Impact at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital
The Vineyard Hospital Center for Pain Management (CPM) is well on its way to setting the standard for how telemedicine can help patients in remote areas successfully manage their pain--often without the use of habit-forming narcotics.
Massachusetts Leaders RIZE Up Against Opioid Addiction
Under the mantra “Zero Stigma. Zero Deaths,” respected leaders from throughout Massachusetts gathered today to launch a statewide private-sector initiative that will battle the ravaging effects of opioid addiction.
Partners CEO Talks Nation's Most Pressing Health Care Issues
This past weekend Partners HealthCare CEO Dr. David Torchiana appeared on NECN’s The New England Council’s DC Dialogue to discuss some of the most pressing health care issues in Massachusetts and in the nation.
Recovery Coaches, Progressive Care Drive Real Results in Battle Against Addiction
Addiction is a complex issue that touches every aspect of the communities we serve. At Partners, we also understand that the traditional treatment models, which considered addiction an acute disease, were too often ineffective.