Press and Media Appearances

Press and media appearances by members of the People, Place and Health Collective

Press coverage:


‘Deeper Dive” into Opioid Overdose Deaths during COVID Pandemic. Medscape. August 31st, 2021.

Some Solutions To The West’s Overdose Crisis: Test Strips And Data. Boise State Public Radio. August 24th, 2021.

Online RIDOH hub offers detailed drug overdose data. Providence Business News. August 22nd, 2021.

As schools shut down, 911 calls for youth skyrocketed. Reuters. August 13th, 2021.

Rhode Island legalizes safe injection sites. Here’s what a rollout might look like. The Body Pro. August 11th, 2021.

From the depths of addiction, to helping others in recovery. The Boston Globe. July 28th 2021.

This could finally be the first drug safe-injection site in the US. VICE News. July 22nd, 2021.

With McKee approving harm reduction center pilot, advocates showcase how one would operate. WPRI 12. July 16th, 2021.

Staggering loss: Overdose deaths spike in US during pandemic. Al-Jazeera English. July 14th, 2021.

US overdose deaths hit record 93,000 in pandemic last year. The Associated Press. July 14th, 2021.

Legislation signed to legalize safe injection sites; How does a safe injection site work? The Dan Yorke Show: WPRO. July 8th, 2021.

Drug bills signal sea change in RI’s approach to opioid crisis. The Providence Journal. July 3rd, 2021.

Increase Narcan need raises concern in the fight against opioid deaths. NBC 10 News. June 24th, 2021.

A government-sanctioned place to inject illicit drugs? It may come first to Somerville. The Boston Globe. June 22nd, 2021.

City holds town hall on supervised consumption sites. The Somerville Times. June 16th, 2021.

Project Weber/RENEW opens new harm reduction center in Olneyville. Brown Daily Herald. June 15th, 2021.

As CDC comes to Kanawha, WV doctors look to what comes next. Charleston Gazette-Mail. June 5th, 2021.

State of Addiction: How COVID-19 has reversed opioid epidemic progress. WJCL. March 1st, 2021.

Solitary confinement policies could make the prison pandemic worse. Mother Jones. February 19th, 2021.

Principles of harm reduction in young adults with substance use disorder. HealthCity. January 27th, 2021.


Will U.S. ever get to mass COVID-19 testing? Modern Healthcare. December 4th, 2020.

What will it take to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Rhode Island? The Public’s Radio 89.3 FM. November 23rd, 2020.

Are supervised injection facilities the key to curb overdose crisis? WSB-TV Atlanta. November 13th, 2020.

University medical experts talks public health, 2020 election. The Brown Daily Herald. November 9th, 2020.

Flu shot shortage, bogus Great Barrington Declaration, Canada’s cannabis industry and long voting lines in the U.S. Global News Radio: The Morning Show with Stafford & Supriya. October 15th, 2020.

Hepatitis C virus treatable thanks to discovery of Nobel winners. Everyday Health, October 13th, 2020.

COVID-19’s hidden toll. CommonWealth Magazine, October 3rd, 2020.

Report: Safe injection sites in Boston could save city millions in medical costsBoston 25 News, September 28th, 2020.

Experts: Crackdowns on COVID rule breakers harmfulWebMD, September 18th, 2020.

COVID-19 compounds opioid public health emergencyPain Medicine News, August 12th, 2020.

Illuminating tales for dark times on stage in ProvidenceProvidence Journal, August 6th, 2020.

New Brown University study: Expanded treatment in prisons can reduce opioid overdose deaths by 31%GoLocalProv, July 25th, 2020.

‘A Tsunami of Trauma:’ For Black Americans, there is no escaping harmful racial injusticesInside Edition Digital, July 17th, 2020.

High rate of stimulant use in opioid ED casesMedscape Medical News, July 9th, 2020.

Take-home test strips allow drug users to detect fentanylMedscape Medical News, July 3rd, 2020.

Coronavirus doesn’t care that you’re familyDeseret News, July 2nd, 2020.

Providence theatre group finds a new stage onlineThe Boston Globe, June 22nd, 2020

US relaxes rules for opioid substitutes during lockdowns Financial Times, May 28th, 2020

Drug Overdose Deaths Decline, but Remain Historically HighIEEE Pulse, March 6th, 2020

Mother of dead heroin addict to Chicago Police Department: ‘Enforce the law’Chicago Sun Times, February 23rd, 2020

FDA advisors set high bar for new opioidsClinical Psychiatry News, January 21st, 2020

New video campaign aims to reduce youth opioid abuse Brown Daily Herald, January 29th, 2020


‘War on Opioids: Drastic Measures’ examines safe injection sitesWJAR, December 14th, 2019.

Brown research could change approach to R.I. opioid crisis Providence Business News, December 13th, 2019

Research suggests how fentanyl test strips could save livesWestern Mass News, November 18th, 2019.

Brown University awarded $6.8M to battle opioid epidemicWJAR, October 29th, 2019

Brown and state Department of Health launch new efforts against drug overdoseProvidence Journal, October 29th, 2019

Unequal HIV prevention pill use puts minority men at higher risk — NBC News, Sept 26th, 2019.

Mitigating opioids’ harmNature, September 11th, 2019

Does Cold Weather Increase Opioid Overdose Rates? The Fix, June 20th, 2019

Fatal Opioid ODs Rise as Temperatures Fall US News & World Report, June 19th, 2019

New Study: Syringe Service Providers Could Have Prevented the Scott County HIV Outbreak Filter, May 1st, 2019

“The Opioid Crisis Isn’t White”: How the Lethal Epidemic Affects Communities of Color Democracy Now, March 27th, 2019

Policy and Solutions to the Opioid EpidemicSouth By Southwest, March 8th, 2019

Fentanyl test strips can change young adult drug useBrown Daily Herald, March 1st, 2019

Public health expert weighs in on safe injection sites WLNE, February 27th, 2019

Hope in the opioid crisis? Overdose deaths appear to be leveling off as states intensify efforts to save lives USA Today, January 22nd, 2019

Fentanyl’s New Foe: A Quick Test Strip That Can Prevent Overdoses Wall Street Journal, January 2nd, 2019

Confronting Opioids (page 17)IMPACT Magazine, 2019 Issue

Opinion pieces:

Shihipar A, Newman R. Sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson failed her drug test. This unfair practice hurts too many people. NBC News THINK. July 6th 2021.

Hadland, S. Marshall BDL. Drug Companies Hold Enormous Sway Over Our Health Care. Newsweek. June 28th 2021.

Shihipar A, Marshall BDL. To put out the third-wave fire, all of Canada must focus on hot-spot vaccinations. The Globe & Mail. April 12th, 2021.

Shihipar A. The Covid relief bill and the promise of vaccines aren’t enough. Pay everyone to stay home. NBC News THINK. March 11th 2021.

Shihipar A. Declare Racism a Public Health Emergency. The New York Times. March 7th 2021. (in March 9th print edition, page A19)

Marshall BDL, Jha A. Overdose prevention sites save lives. The Boston Globe. February 22nd, 2021.

Shihipar A. We Can’t Message Our Way Out of a Public Health Crisis. The Nation. December 9th 2020.

Shihipar A, Goedel W, Gurulé S. ICE is putting people who were released due to COVID-19 concerns back in jails. The decision is dangerous as the country enters another wave. Business Insider. November 15th 2020.

Shihipar A, Marshall BDL. We Can’t Police Our Way Out of a Pandemic. The New York Times. April 27th 2020 (in April 28th print edition, page A22).

Goldman J, Marshall BDL. A Public Health Focus on Coronavirus Shouldn’t Sideline Overdose Prevention Efforts. The Appeal. April 14th, 2020.

Shihipar A. Coronavirus and the Isolation Paradox. The New York Times. March 13th, 2020.

Shihipar A, Marshall BDL. The Latest Failure in the War on Drugs. The New York Times. November 19th, 2019.

Marshall BDL. Fentanyl Test Strips: A Simple Harm Reduction Strategy that Saves Lives. Pennsylvania Harm Reduction Coalition. July 29th, 2019.

Shihipar A, Marshall BDL. What the opioid epidemic can learn from tobacco settlements. Washington Post. July 17th 2019.

Shihipar A. Send thank-you notes to those who help you along the way. Nature. June 13th, 2019.

Shihipar A. The Opioid Crisis Isn’t White. The New York Times. February, 26th 2019.




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