Opioids and the Masses: Early Lessons from the Epidemic

4:30 pm on Wednesday, January 31, 2018
6:00 pm on Wednesday, January 31, 2018
The opioid crisis is unprecedented in its lethality and demography. Fentanyl and other synthetics have turbo-charged the death rate. As federal, state, and local governments grapple with solutions, they have encountered both promising strategies and unexpected difficulties; among the latter are the challenges of engaging patients in treatment; the paradoxes of naloxone administration; the provision of quality care in office-based, medication-assisted treatment; and the rational use of opioid painkillers where needed while curtailing over-prescribing. This talk will focus on the policy and treatment implications of these clinical realities within the larger context of social and cultural drivers of addiction.