Opioids and the Masses: Early Lessons from the Epidemic

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 

4:30 p.m.–6 p.m.
Hiebert Lounge
72 East Concord Street
Boston

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.

Speaker

Headshot SatelSally Satel, Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute, and Consulting Psychiatrist, Partners in Drug Abuse Rehabilitation and Counseling Clinic

Sally Satel is a resident scholar at AEI and the staff psychiatrist at a local methadone clinic in Washington, DC. Satel was an assistant professor of psychiatry at Yale University from 1988 to 1993 and remains a lecturer at Yale. From 1993 to 1994 she was a Robert Wood Johnson policy fellow with the Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee. She has written widely in academic journals on topics in psychiatry and medicine, and has published articles on cultural aspects of medicine and science in numerous magazines and journals. She has testified before Congress on veterans’ issues, mental health policy, drug courts, and health disparities. Satel is author of Drug Treatment: The Case for Coercion (AEI Press, 1999) and PC, M.D.: How Political Correctness Is Corrupting Medicine (Basic Books, 2001). She is coauthor of One Nation under Therapy (St. Martin’s Press, 2005), co-author of The Health Disparity Myth (AEI Press, 2006), and editor of When Altruism Isn’t Enough: The Case for Compensating Kidney Donors (AEI Press, 2009). Her most recent book, co-authored with Emory psychologist Scott Lilienfeld, is Brainwashed: The Seductive Appeal of Mindless Neuroscience (Basic, 2013). Brainwashed was a finalist for the 2013 Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Science.