Residents' Journal Article: The Opioid Epidemic


I am very excited to share an article that I wrote for the American Journal of Psychiatry Residents' Journal. They previously published my article on Smoking Cessation this past February. You can read that article here.

However, when I was informed that the editors of the Residents' Journal were planning to publish an Addiction themed Journal release, I was motivated to contribute again.  This time I chose to focus on another important topic that negatively impacts my patients, their families and our communities.

To find out the topic please continue reading...


This time around I focused on the Opioid epidemic and the resulting epidemic of overdoses currently facing our country.  After reading my article, one of my colleagues remarked that "more people die from Opioid overdoses than car accidents in the United States." This is exactly the type of conversation I hope to spark with my article. We need to recognize that unintentional overdose is a massive problem and that the epidemic is effecting all Americans. Together we can then develop real solutions to help people who are suffering from addiction.


I hope you will join me in the effort to decrease the negative stigma associated with addiction and mental illness. Simply reading this post and thinking about these issues has already begun the process!

You can read the article, which begins on page 6, here.


Dr. Goldenberg
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Matthew Goldenberg, D.O. Matthew Goldenberg D.O. is double Board Certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Psychiatry and is a certified Medical Review Officer (MRO). He is an expert in the evaluation and treatment of mental health disorders and is an addiction specialist for adults in his private practice in Santa Monica, California. Dr. Goldenberg also provides addiction psychiatry consultations to some of the nation’s top residential and outpatient treatment programs in the Los Angeles area and is experienced in the evaluation and treatment of professionals working in safety-sensitive positions. In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Goldenberg is an active author, researcher and invited speaker at local and national conferences. He also volunteers his time as a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at UCLA and is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Cedars Sinai Medical Center.

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