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Pills and Needles: Agonizing over Antagonists

  • Broadcast in Psychology
Columbia Psychiatry NYSPI

Columbia Psychiatry NYSPI


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Maria Sullivan, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center

Frances R. Levin, MD, Kennedy-Leavy Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center; Director of Addiction Psychiatry Residency, New York State Psychiatric Institute


Dr. Maria Sullivan and Dr. Frances Levin will provide an overview of the epidemiology, diagnosis, and treatment of opioid use disorder, with an emphasis on the effectiveness of medication treatments and behavioral therapy.  Before answering questions from listeners, these experts will briefly discuss experimental treatments for opioid use disorder available at present at the Substance Treatment and Research Service (STARS) on the Columbia University Medical Center campus, as well as the challenges of diagnosing and treating opioid use disorder in patients with problems with chronic pain and the risks and benefits of long-acting opioids like buprenorphine and methadone.

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For more information about research opportunities for adults with opioid use disorder, please visit call the Substance Treatment and Research Service (STARS) at 212-923-3031.  For more information about substance use disorders, please visit the website of the National Institute on Drug Abuse at

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