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Moodle Class Announcement: Big Data in Healthcare: Exploring Emerging Roles

9 hours 28 min ago

Big Data in Healthcare: Exploring Emerging Roles is designed to help health sciences librarians better understand the issues of big data in clinical outcomes, and what roles health sciences librarians can take on in this service area. Course content comes from information shared by the presenters at the March 7, 2016 NNLM Using Data to Improve Clinical Patient Outcomes Forum, top selections from the NNLM MCR Data Curation/Management Journal Club and NNLM PSR Data Curation/Management Journal Club’s articles, NINR’s Nursing Research Boot Camp, recommended readings from previous cohorts, and Big Data University’s Big Data Fundamentals online course. This course will be primarily held via the Moodle platform with optional WebEx discussions.

July 24 – September 24, 2017
Details and Registration

The class size for this course is limited to 25 students. We will begin a waitlist if there are more interested in participating.

Please contact John Bramble or Tony Nguyen with questions.

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Pilot Program for Developing Research Data Management Services

Wed, 2017-06-21 16:44

Interested in launching research data management services at your library but don’t know how to get started? NNLM MAR has funded a pilot to provide training, tools and strategies for medical libraries seeking to develop research data management services. This program provides a holistic approach to developing data services that focuses on building the required knowledge base, understanding and connecting with researchers, promoting effective outreach strategies, and integrating with the broader institutional data community. The program consists of online training modules for librarians, and three components to assist in implementing services:

  • A data interview template with guidance for effective outreach and engagement with researchers
  • A teaching toolkit consisting of slides, script, and evaluation materials to be used for teaching researchers at the pilot institution
  • Strategies and promotional materials for developing a data class series

We are seeking 5 libraries from the MAR region (DE/NJ/NY/PA) to participate in this pilot. This would involve ongoing support from the project PIs (Kevin Read and Alisa Surkis, NYU Health Sciences Library) throughout the course of the program, including regularly scheduled webinars with all the pilot sites to discuss strategies and challenges.

If your library is interested in participating in this pilot project, please contact Kevin Read or Alisa Surkis.

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Search Extended: NNLM MAR Health Professions Coordinator

Thu, 2017-06-15 08:00

The University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences Library System (HSLS) is extending the search for Health Professions Coordinator for the Middle Atlantic Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM MAR).   The Health Professions Coordinator has primary responsibility for designing and evaluating outreach and education programs, focusing on NLM resources and increasing access to biomedical and health information, directed toward community health professionals, minority health professionals and public health workers.  We are looking for an energetic, creative, innovative, and service-oriented individual interested in being part of a collaborative team that works together to improve access to and sharing of biomedical and health information resources, with an emphasis on resources produced by the National Library of Medicine.

Review of candidates will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.  A complete position announcement including job responsibilities, qualifications, salary/benefits and where to apply may be viewed on the HSLS website.

Feel free to share widely with applicable candidates. Masters level librarians, public health workers and health professionals are encouraged to apply.

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Next Week! ‘Engage for Health’: A Program in a Box for Your Community

Wed, 2017-06-14 05:00

Does your library/organization offer health programming to members of your community? Are you thinking of offering a health program and are not sure where to start? If you answered yes to either of these questions then this webinar is for you!

This presentation will provide an overview of ‘Engage for Health’, the patient engagement program in a box. Learn how 16 public libraries in Pennsylvania piloted this health outreach program designed to empower community members to improve their communication skills with health care providers. The ‘Engage for Health’ program is now available for libraries, community and faith based organizations to offer in their communities. Register for this webinar to learn how you can offer this program at your library/organization!

June 21, 1:00-2:00 PM ET
Details and Registration


  • Jennifer Collins, Director, Public Affairs, The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania
  • Lydia Collins, Consumer Health Coordinator, NNLM Middle Atlantic Region
  • Susan Jeffery, Director, North Pocono Public Library
  • Cindy Olney, Assistant Director, NNLM Evaluation Office
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Insider’s Guide to Accessing NLM Data: EDirect for PubMed begins July 10

Tue, 2017-06-13 12:01

This newly revamped and restructured series of interactive workshops will introduce new users to the basics of using EDirect to access exactly the PubMed data you need, in the format you need. Over the course of five 75-minute sessions, students will learn how to use EDirect commands to access PubMed, design custom output formats, create basic data pipelines to get data quickly and efficiently, and develop simple strategies for solving real-world PubMed data-gathering challenges. EDirect requires access to a Unix environment but we will send easy installation instructions for Windows and Mac computers before the class starts. No prior Unix knowledge is required; novice users are welcome!

This series of classes involves hands-on demonstrations and exercises, as well as homework exercises between sessions. Due to the nature of this class, registration will be limited to 100 students per offering.

Each session begins at 1 PM ET and runs approximately 75 minutes.

  • Session 1: Monday, July 10
  • Session 2: Thursday, July 13
  • Session 3: Monday, July 17
  • Session 4: Thursday, July 20
  • Session 5: Monday, July 24

Students are expected to attend all five sessions. Seven (7) hours of MLA CE credit are available for students who attend all sessions and complete the homework assignments. Register for all five sessions today!

Note: in order to register, you will need to create a free account with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM). Be advised that account creation and confirmation may take a few days.

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Seeking contributors for NNLM Training Office Webinar – Teaching Topics: Successes, Flops, and Far-Out ideas

Mon, 2017-06-12 11:38

Are you a librarian-instructor working with students, faculty and/or staff in the health sciences?

How do you teach PubMed (or other NLM resources)?

The NNLM Training Office seeks contributors to a webinar spotlighting instructional projects of by our health science and hospital library community.  This one-hour session will present at least six projects from libraries across the United States. Our goal is to share new ideas plus tried and true methods for teaching PubMed, or other NLM resources, to diverse audiences. We want to hear from libraries in a variety of settings.

For consideration, send a brief description (250 words or less) of your instructional project and how it could be useful to other librarians to Molly Knapp. Indicate your preferred presentation length: 5 minutes, 10 minutes or 15 minutes. Please note: we request presentations be limited to around 5 slides. The date of the webinar is Thursday, August 10 at 2:30 PM EST – as this is a live webinar, presenters must be available on that date.

Send your proposal to Molly Knapp by Wednesday, June 21, 2017. You do great work, let others know about it!

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Healthy People 2030 Development: An Informational Webinar

Thu, 2017-06-08 05:00

Every decade, the Healthy People initiative develops a new set of science-based, 10-year national objectives for improving the health of all Americans. Healthy People establishes benchmarks and monitors progress over time in order to encourage collaborations across communities and sectors, empower individuals toward making informed health decisions, and measure the impact of prevention activities.

Join the American Public Health Association (APHA) and the US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) for an informative webinar on the progress of Healthy People 2020, and the development of Healthy People 2030. Attendees will be able to:

  • Understand how to use Healthy People 2020 to promote public health
  • Learn about the development of the Healthy People 2030 framework
  • Ask questions about the development of Healthy People 2030

Healthy People 2030 Development
June 22, 2017, 12:00-1:00 PM ET
Details and Registration

Please note: registration is limited and will close once it reaches capacity. Consider registering early and gathering in one location to view the event with your colleagues.

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PubMed for Librarians: a free series from the National Training Office

Tue, 2017-06-06 11:15

Join the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Training Office (NTO) for their free PubMed® for Librarians series! You may take one or more (or all) of the classes. The first in the series begins in just a few days, so don’t wait! Register today.

PubMed® for Librarians: Introduction
June 9, 2017 1 PM – 2:30 ET
Details and Registration

  • Learn the difference between PubMed and MEDLINE
  • Brief introductions to MeSH, automatic term mapping and subheadings
  • Learn how to run a basic PubMed search, assess your search results and analyze search details
  • Search for a known citation

PubMed® for Librarians: MeSH
June 16, 2017 1 PM – 2:30 ET
Details and Registration

  • Learn how to leverage the National Library of Medicine’s Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) database to build a search
  • Learn about the 4 different types of MeSH terms
  • Investigate the structure of the MeSH database (spoiler alert…it’s hierarchical) and look at the components of a MeSH record.

PubMed® for Librarians: Automatic Term Mapping
June 23, 2017 1 PM – 2:30 ET
Details and Registration

  • Learn how PubMed uses Automatic Term Mapping (ATM) to map your keyword searches to the controlled vocabulary of the MeSH database.
  • Learn how ATM helps you search effectively with keywords.
  • Explore the explosion feature, what is and isn’t included in Search Details
  • Explore how to search for phrases in PubMed (spoiler alert…there’s a phrase index)

PubMed® for Librarians: Building and Refining a Search
June 30, 2017 1 PM – 2:30 ET
Details and Registration

  • This class will focus on using some of the tools and features built into PubMed that are designed to help you search more effectively.
  • Learn how to use MeSH terms the way Indexers do and explore the Index feature to build a search and explore a topic.
  • Explore the Filters Sidebar and Topic-Specific Queries as tools for building a focused search.

PubMed® for Librarians: Using PubMed’s Evidence-Based Search Features
July 7, 2017 1 PM – 2:30 ET
Details and Registration

  • Looking for a specific type of study? This class will explore the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) used for indexing study design
  • Explore 3 PubMed features that facilitate evidence-based searching
  • Explore the Clinical Queries tool that includes a Systematic Review search hedge
  • Quick look at PubMed Health as a source for published systematic reviews of clinical effectiveness research

PubMed® for Librarians: Customization with My NCBI
July 14, 2017 1 PM – 2:30 ET
Details and Registration

  • Learn about the advantages of creating a My NCBI account.
  • Discover the built-in My NCBI tools that help you manage your PubMed searches.
  • Explore available My NCBI filters, why you want to use My NCBI filters and how to create a custom filter.
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Men’s Health Month

Thu, 2017-06-01 08:30

June is Men’s Health Month! Below are some wonderful resources from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and other reputable agencies to help you learn and spread awareness about men’s health issues.

Men’s Health from MedlinePlus – get started on men’s health topics with NLM’s premiere consumer health resource. Available in English and Spanish. – a resource dedicated to this important health observance, you can find a history of men’s health month, promotional materials and information about related events.

Brother, You’re on My Mind – from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) comes this initiative that uses a variety of activities to raise awareness of the mental health challenges associated with depression and stress that affect African American men and their families.

Office of Minority Health – OMH has a full page dedicated to Men’s Health Month, including men’s health disparities, projects, and recent publications.

Looking for more activity? Join the conversation! Tune in with OMH and @MinorityHealth at 1-2 PM EDT on June 6 for a #MensHealthMonth Twitter Chat. The chat is co-hosted by SaludToday, the Men’s Health Network, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and

Follow @NNLMMAR on Twitter and like us on Facebook to receive more information about this and other national health observances.

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Webinar: Preparing Biomedical Information Professionals to Understand and Teach Research Data Management

Tue, 2017-05-30 13:43

As part of the NIH BD2K training initiative, two curricula were created to prepare medical librarians to understand and teach research data management to researchers. The first curricula is web-based and uses interactive educational technologies to provide librarians with a better understanding of research data management, as well as the practice and culture of biomedical research. A second curriculum was developed as a toolkit to be used by librarians for in-person teaching of researchers and consists of slides, scripts, evaluation tools, and instructions. Several modules in the toolkit allow for guided customization on topics where institution specific material is important (e.g., data storage). Evaluation of educational materials included assessments of knowledge gain, satisfaction, comfort level with material, and intent to use. For the online modules, assessments are incorporated into the modules and for the teaching toolkit, a survey is administered after the in-person class. Prior to broad dissemination, both curricula were piloted. Following piloting, these curricula were made freely available, with outreach to the medical librarian community to encourage use at institutions across the United States to facilitate biomedical data management, sharing, and reuse.


Alisa Surkis is the Head of Data Services and the Translational Science librarian. The Data Services unit provides support for research data management and data visualization, maintains an institutional data catalog, and serves as a locus for education on collecting, managing, analyzing, visualizing, and sharing data. In her role as Translational Science Librarian, Dr. Surkis is the Director of Team Science for the NYU-HHC CTSI and works to facilitate research collaboration. She also leads a cross-institutional effort that uses machine learning to classify studies along the translational research spectrum.

Kevin Read is an Assistant Curator at the NYU School of Medicine. He is the lead of the NYU Data Catalog Project, an index of datasets generated by NYU researchers and local experts for large publically available and licensed datasets. Mr. Read provides data management training to students, faculty and staff and teaches a data-focused graduate course for first year basic science MD/PhD students. He also works collaboratively with his institution’s clinical data management core and research IT department to provide clinical data management and REDCap training throughout the medical center.

Date: Thursday, June 8, 2017, 1:00-2:00 PM ET

Details on how to join the Webinar:
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Please include name and company when joining meeting.
Web: (Join meeting with Access Code 2201876)
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This webinar is open to all.
More information about this webinar, future webinars and events can be found at:

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Introducing NNLM RD3: Resources for Data-Driven Discovery

Fri, 2017-05-26 12:50

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) is excited to announce a new web resource, NNLM RD3: Resources for Data-Driven Discovery.

NNLM RD3 is a place for librarians, information professionals, library and information science students, and interested individuals to learn about and discuss research data management throughout the data lifecycle for biomedical and scientific research.

NNLM RD3 evolved from the eScience Portal for Librarians (originally the New England eScience Portal for Librarians) that was developed under contract between the National Library of Medicine and the Lamar Soutter Library at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA. The NNLM appreciates the New England Region’s members and advisors who helped develop the original Portal, which provided a successful model and strong foundation for this new resource.

NNLM RD3 contains subject primers, professional development events, and information on the major components of research data management: data management, storage, and sharing. The subject primers provide introductory overviews on topic areas within data literacy, physical sciences, life sciences, and engineering.

Professional development opportunities will be continuously updated. The resources compiled on the site will help you learn the basics of data management and the ins and outs of data visualization, as well serve as a guide to regional and national level activities.

Core library and information science competencies in the areas of metadata, standards, citation, and information management are critical to enabling effective data-driven discovery. Librarians and information professionals translating these competencies to the realm of data are equipped to assist organizations in effectively managing, storing, and sharing data.

Visit NNLM RD3 to learn about resources and opportunities and to join the discussion.

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New FOA: Empowered Communities for a Healthier Nation Initiative

Thu, 2017-05-25 05:00

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health (OMH) administers grant programs to support projects that implement innovative models to improve minority health and reduce health disparities.

OMH expects to release a new funding opportunity announcement (FOA): Empowered Communities for a Healthier Nation Initiative. It is anticipated that the FOA will be available on June 1, 2017 with applications due by July 31, 2017 at 5:00 pm ET, and projects to start September 30, 2017.

The Empowered Communities for a Healthier Nation Initiative will seek to reduce significant health disparities impacting minorities and disadvantaged populations through the implementation of evidence-based strategies with the greatest potential for impact.  The program will serve residents in counties disproportionately impacted by the opioid epidemic; reduce the impact of serious mental illness at the primary care level for children, adolescents and/or adults; and reduce obesity prevalence and disparities in weight status among disadvantaged children and adolescents.

View the grant opportunity page to find out more about this expected FOA.

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HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Project 2017

Wed, 2017-05-24 05:00

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is pleased to announce the solicitation of quotations from organizations and libraries to design and conduct projects for improving HIV/AIDS information access for patients and the affected community as well as their caregivers and the public. Patients and the affected community need access to the most up-to-date and accurate health information to effectively manage and make informed decisions about their health. Health care providers, PrEP and HIV navigators, as well as health educators also need access to the most current information to provide the highest quality of care. NLM is committed to assisting organizations in accessing the spectrum of information resources and services that are currently available. The NLM is particularly interested in proposals with creative and different approaches to disseminate information to populations that have a disproportionate prevalence of HIV/AIDS infections in the United States. Emphasis is on increasing the awareness and utilization of NLM online health and medical resources in the HIV/AIDS Community using innovative and evidence-based projects.

Projects must involve two or more of the following information access categories:

    • Information retrieval;
    • Skills development;
    • Resource development and dissemination;
    • PrEP navigator resource development and dissemination; and/or
    • Equipment Acquisition.

Significance is placed upon the following types of organizations or arrangements for developing these programs:

    • Community-based organizations (CBOs) or patient advocacy groups currently providing HIV/AIDS related serves to the affected community;
    • Public libraries serving communities in the provision of HIV/AIDS-related information and resources;
    • Health departments or other local, municipal, or state agencies working to improve public health;
    • Faith-based organizations currently providing HIV/AIDS-related services; and/or
    • Multi-type consortia of the above-listed organizations that may be in existence or formed specifically for this project.

Awards are offered for up to $50,000.

Quotations are due to NLM on July 10, 2017.

The solicitation for the 2017 HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Project is posted on the Federal Business Opportunities Web site.

Primary Contact
Lisa Josephowitz, Contract Specialist
Office of Acquisitions (OA)
National Library of Medicine (NLM)
6707 Democracy Blvd., Suite 105
Bethesda, Maryland 20892-5488
Fax: 301-402-0642

Secondary Contract
Suet Vu, Contracting Officer
Office of Acquisitions (OA)
National Library of Medicine (NLM)
6707 Democracy Blvd. Suite 105
Bethesda, MD 20892-5488
Office Phone: 301-496-6546
Fax: 301-402-0642

Please Note: Refer to the (Federal Business Opportunities) web site for notices, updates, and modifications to the “HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Project 2017” RFQ.

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Public Health Digital Library Quick Starter Course #1

Tue, 2017-05-23 13:35

New from the National Public Health Coordination Office (NPHCO) comes this course for NNLM Public Health Digital Library (PHDL) subscribers!

June 2, 2:00-3:00 PM ET
Details and Registration

This course is meant to instruct new and current users of the Public Health Digital Library (PHDL) how to access the full-text articles available from the 230+ journals in the collection. Course topics covered include conducting basic searches in PubMed, creating journal table of contents alerts and using built-in filters.

The PHDL provides access to library resources, including e-journals, e-books, and other databases resources in support of evidence based practice and research. Public health departments across the country have access to information resources through a digital library available through their local intranets. Through the National Network, member libraries provide article delivery of information not found in the PHDL. Departments looking to become participants in the digital library program can find information on program requirements by reviewing NPHCO’s section of our website and then contacting them by email: or by phone: (508) 856-7633.

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‘Engage for Health’: A Program in a Box for Your Community

Mon, 2017-05-22 05:00

June 21, 1:00-2:00 PM ET
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Does your library or organization offer health programming to members of your community? Are you thinking of offering a health program and are not sure where to start? If you answered yes to either of these questions then this webinar is for you!

Presenters will share information on the NNLM MAR funded project that piloted ‘Engage for Health’, a patient empowerment program that libraries and community/faith based organizations can offer to their community members. Learn about the history of the ‘Engage for Health’ program which focuses on teaching community members how to improve communication with their health care providers. This innovative program involves partnerships with The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP), the Pennsylvania Library Association (PaLA) , the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, National Evaluation Office (NNLM NEO) and The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

16 libraries across the state of PA were trained on NNLM resources, evaluation techniques and assisted in the creation of an evaluation tool specifically designed for the ‘Engage for Health’ program. Those libraries were then able to offer the program in their community. Presenters will share challenges/successes and discuss how you can implement this program at your library/organization. The materials are now freely available for use across the nation. Regardless of the type of library or organization you are, this program is beneficial to all members of your community!

Jennifer Collins, Director, Public Affairs, The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania
Lydia Collins, Consumer Health Coordinator, NNLM Middle Atlantic Region
Susan Jeffery, Director, North Pocono Public Library
Cindy Olney, Assistant Director, NNLM Evaluation Office

For additional questions, please contact Lydia Collins.

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SEAside Webinar: LGBTIQ+ Safe Spaces

Fri, 2017-05-19 05:00

Tuesday June 6, 2:00 PM ET
Details and Registration

Learning how to be a better ally for LGBT+ individuals is about learning to support the humanity of everyone. Whether you are a member of the LGBT+ community or not anyone can learn from this session. This webinar will provide an overview of the many letters and identities contained within the LGBT+ acronym as well as how you can best support and serve the people who fit within them. Specific items that will be discussed within this presentation are:
• Sexual orientation and sexual identity development
• Gender identity and development
• Gender neutral pronouns and their usage
• The history of the LGBT+ movement
• LGBT+ Safe Spaces and their importance

Upon completion of the SEAside Webinar, each participant will receive 1.0 contract hour of continuing education credit award by the Medical Library Association. Participants will receive a code to which they will enter in medlib-ed.

Presenter Bio: Gregory A. Brightbill currently works at the University of Maryland, Baltimore where he leads university-wide leadership and LGBT+ education initiatives. Greg has his master’s degree in higher education administration and a bachelors in psychology. The thought provoking information Greg shares in his workshops are from a wide range of sources but also from his own personal experiences as an out gay man in Baltimore.

For questions, please contact Tony Nguyen.

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NLM Resources for Physical Fitness

Thu, 2017-05-18 05:00

From the Outreach and Special Populations Branch:

May 2017 is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month and public health professionals can find online health resources about exercise and fitness for all types of populations through National Library of Medicine (NLM) and National Institute of Health (NIH) websites:

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Decisions in Recovery: Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder

Tue, 2017-05-16 15:33

A new toolkit is available from the department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), for consumers who want information about the role of medications in treating opioid use disorder. The included materials can also be useful to anyone providing treatment, health care, or recovery support services as a patient education resource. Decisions in Recovery: Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder is a decision support tool that offers information on medication-assisted treatment and recovery options, including:

  • Video Library – groups of videos tailored to specific informational needs, such as medication-assisted treatment (MAT), how to start talking with providers about making medication changes, and personal recovery stories.
  • Glossary – a comprehensive listing of terms related to substance abuse and recovery.
  • Interactive tools – resources focused on decisions for change, finding a provider, and health concerns related to opioid use disorder.

Looking for more resources on Opioid use and addiction? Check out MedlinePlus.


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NLM Resources on Opioid Abuse

Wed, 2017-05-10 10:27

From the Outreach and Special Populations Branch:

An estimated 1.9 million people in the US have a prescription opioid use disorder, while another 586,000 have a heroin use disorder.  The NIH MedlinePlus Magazine gives an overview to help readers understand the opioid overdose epidemic, and the statistics are staggering.  In 2014 alone, more than 28,000 people died from an opioid overdose.  How can public health professionals address this growing epidemic?

The National Library of Medicine provides resources for both the general public and health professionals to learn about opioid abuse and overdose prevention and treatment options:

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