Overdose Deaths Go Down Citywide—But Rise Sharply in East Harlem

Chinazo Cunningham, M.D., M.S., and Shadi Nahvi, M.D., M.S., discuss barriers to addiction treatment and the social and economic reasons contributing to increased overdose deaths in some lower-income areas of New York City. Dr. Cunningham is associate chief of the division of general internal medicine at Einstein and Montefiore; Dr. Nahvi is associate professor of medicine and of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Einstein.


Reefer, Managed: Cannabis as Medicine

Chinazo Cunningham, M.D., M.S., explains the need for more research on medical marijuana to treat patients for numerous conditions, especially chronic pain. Dr. Cunningham is professor and associate chief of general internal medicine at Einstein and Montefiore.


How Republicans Pivoted From the War on Drugs to Cutting Prison Sentences

Chinazo Cunningham, M.D., M.S., notes that recent changes in attitudes toward addiction are related to the class and race of those now affected by the opioid epidemic. Dr. Cunningham is professor and associate chief of general internal medicine at Einstein and Montefiore.


Trump Signs Sweeping Opioid Bill. Expect to Hear About It On the Campaign Trail.

Chinazo Cunningham, M.D., M.S., says the new, sweeping federal opioids law that addresses prevention, treatment and recovery holds promise, but more funding and coordinated efforts are necessary. Dr. Cunningham is professor and associate chief of general internal medicine at Einstein and Montefiore.


Opioid Commission's Anti-Marijuana Argument Stirs Anger

Chinazo Cunningham, M.D., M.S., discusses the need to study non-opioid strategies, such as prescribing medical marijuana, to address chronic pain. Dr. Cunningham is associate chief of general internal medicine at Einstein and Montefiore.


Changing tactics, NYPD focuses on helping drug users, rather than locking them up

Interviews Chinazo Cunningham, M.D., M.S., about treating drug addiction as a chronic disease, rather than a moral failing. Dr. Cunningham is associate chief of general internal medicine in the department of medicine at Einstein and Montefiore.


Los Angeles Times interviews Chinazo Cunningham, M.D., M.S., about buprenorphine, a drug used to treat opioid addiction, for an article on Prince’s death. Dr. Cunningham is associate chief of general internal medicine in the department of medicine at Einstein and Montefiore.


The New York Times interviews Chinazo Cunningham, M.D., M.S., about the growing acceptance of harm reduction approaches to drug addiction and treatment. Dr. Cunningham notes that these initiatives, which include needle exchanges and safe injection sites, were once rejected but are now being embraced as opioid and heroin addiction has exploded in white, suburban communities. Dr. Cunningham is professor of medicine and of family and social medicine at Einstein and associate chief of the division of general internal medicine at Einstein and Montefiore.


The Washington Post quotes Marcus Bachhuber, M.D., M.S., and Chinazo Cunningham, M.D., M.S., about their new study with Joanna Starrels, M.D., M.S., on the surge in overdose deaths from benzodiazepines. Dr. Bachhuber notes that this growing public health problem has largely flown under the radar. Dr. Bachhuber is assistant professor of medicine at Einstein and attending physician, Montefiore; Dr. Cunningham is professor of medicine and of family and social medicine at Einstein and associate chief of the division of general internal medicine at Einstein and Montefiore.

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CBS News interviews Chinazo Cunningham, M.D., M.S., about the growing problem of opioid painkiller abuse and addiction. Dr. Cunningham explains why opioid abuse has increased significantly in recent years, her research on bias on the part of doctors in prescribing and monitoring opioids, and how Einstein has a structured curriculum to teach future doctors how to treat addition. Dr. Cunningham is professor of medicine and family and social medicine at Einstein and associate chief of the division of general internal medicine at Montefiore Medical Center.