Addiction & Overdose

Program Overview

The opioid crisis is responsible for the first three-year decline in national life expectancy in a century. The rising number of overdoses involving opioids and other substances demands a comprehensive response. This response should include policy based in evidence and public health strategies that prevent addiction, address structural factors that contribute to misuse, improve the safety and health of people who use drugs through harm reduction strategies, and boost access to effective treatments such as medications for opioid use disorder.

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Susan G. Sherman, PhD
Core Faculty Spotlight
Addiction & Overdose

Susan G. Sherman, PhD

Bloomberg Professor of American Health in the Department of Health, Behavior, and Society

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Brendan Saloner
Core Faculty Spotlight
Addiction & Overdose

Brendan Saloner, PhD

Brendan Saloner, PhD, is a Bloomberg Associate Professor of American Health in the Department of Health Policy and Management, with a joint appointment in Mental Health.

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Core Faculty Spotlight
Addiction & Overdose

Sean T. Allen, DrPH

Sean T. Allen, DrPH, is an Assistant Scientist in the Department of Health, Behavior, and Society. 

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Supporting Research and Projects with Impact

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Susan G. Sherman, PhD
Projects supported by the Bloomberg American Health Initiative

Detecting Fentanyl. Saving Lives.

Fentanyl is a lethally potent drug that is driving the rapid rise in overdose deaths. Researchers at Johns Hopkins investigated three available technologies to provide people who use drugs with information that could save their lives.

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Projects supported by the Bloomberg American Health Initiative

Rural Communities in Crisis

In Cabell County, West Virginia, researchers set out to help health officials determine the level of resources, services, and treatment they need to provide in order to save lives during the opioid epidemic.

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Our Interconnected Focus Areas

Addiction & Overdose is Intertwined with Violence in America.

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Supporting a New Generation of Public Health Leaders

The Bloomberg Fellows Program provides world-class public health training for individuals engaged with organizations tackling critical challenges facing the United States.

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