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While friends or family members may feel helpless if someone they know suffers from addiction, one UAB physician says hope can start at home.

Lorie Harper, M.D.

High-risk pregnancies associated with maternal opioid or substance use disorder • Treatments during pregnancy to help opioid dependent mothers, babies • Telemedicine treatment for pregnant mothers in rural communities

Headlines and statistics paint a grim picture of opioid abuse. But there is hope, says Anna Alford, a social work major who speaks openly about her journey of recovery to encourage others. Meet her and other UAB faculty, staff and students exploring the complex crisis and finding answers that could save lives.
Every day, more than 115 Americans die after overdosing on opioids.
As opioid deaths add up to that of a commercial plane crash each day, leaders in the dental field tackle the issue.
The bigger driver of overdose deaths was “the broader drug environment” — meaning the expanded supply of opioid painkillers, heroin, and illicit fentanyl over the past decade and a half, which has made these drugs much more available and, therefore, easier to misuse and overdose on.

James Galbraith, M.D.

Emergency medicine • HIV testing and prevention • Hepatitis C testing and prevention • Opioid abuse • Needle sharing programs • HIV post-exposure prophylaxis for victims of sexual assault

“There’s no evidence you stop overdoses by taking patients off opioids against their will."
An article written by Division of Preventive Medicine Professor Stefan Kertesz, M.D., calls for better understanding, policy and treatment for opioid addiction.
Due to the current opioid crisis, UAB Hospital has launched an Addiction Scholars Program to train health care professionals across the hospital in caring for patients with addiction issues.
UAB’s Stefan Kertesz, M.D., provides commentary on a new trial comparing yoga and physical therapy for those who suffer from low back pain.
Stefan Kertesz, M.D., says a better understanding of what caused and what sustains the opioid epidemic is needed among policymakers and physicians to best serve patients and address the crisis.
A UAB crowdfunded study of Narcan to reverse heroin overdoses has funded 350 naloxone kits and reversed nine overdoses.

As the nation battles an increase in opioid addiction, UAB Hospital’s Addiction Recovery Program expands to meet the need.