March | Center on Addiction


Welcome to Five Minutes With, where we take a few moments to get to know the staff at Center on Addiction. Today we’d like to introduce Ilana Pinsky, PhD, Research Scientist.

Nearly three decades after the federal government first banned funding for needle exchange programs, Congress has decided to change course. In December 2015, a congressional budget deal was approved and signed by President Obama to fund most core aspects of needle exchange programs.

Since there are many myths related to hookah, we were excited to hear Scott E. Sherman, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Population Health, Medicine and Psychiatry from NYU School of Medicine present at our Addiction Speaker Series. He discussed his latest research on hookah and the growing epidemic of waterpipe tobacco use. We spoke to him to find out some more important facts in this very interesting area of study. 

In December 2015, the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) released a paper on supportive housing as a component of a strategy to manage the heroin crisis for the chronically homeless. CSH estimates there is a need for over 30,000 new supportive housing units across New York State to reverse the ever-increasing numbers of people experiencing homelessness. About 35-40% of chronically homeless people suffer from severe substance use disorders.

As the opioid epidemic continues to devastate the nation, with overdose deaths hitting a record level in 2014, drug abuse and addiction are finally a political priority. President Obama proposed $1.1 billion in new funding and identified substance abuse as an opportunity for bipartisan agreement. 

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