Pitt professor looks to improve access to quality care for opioid addiction

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio KDKA) - Western Pennsylvania typically ranks in the top five or six states with the highest drug overdose rates.

As the epidemic continues to plague the region, health professionals throughout the commonwealth are doing their part to tackle the problem.

"Health systems are making a more concerted effort to connect people to treatment," said Julie Donohue, chair and professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management, in the Graduate School of Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh. "If someone goes to the emergency department and is treated for an overdose, hospitals are getting better at connecting individual's with treatment before they leave the hospital."

Long-term support is critical for treating and conquering opioid addiction.

Some of the most evidence-based form of treatment include medication therapy, with drugs like Buprenorphine, Naltrexone and methadone.

Listen to the full interview above for more information.