Understanding Opiod & Pharmaceutical Epidemic

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, there were more than 2,200 opioid related overdose deaths in Pennsylvania in 2016. A major
contributing factor to this situation is
believed to be the over-prescribing of
opioid relievers. While efforts to address the crisis have focused mainly on reducing non-medical OPR use, the need for preventing and treating opioid addiction is often overlooked. Workshop participants
will explore the scope of this public
health crisis, its historical context, contributing factors and lines of evidence indicating the role of addiction in exacerbating morbidity/mortality, and a framework
for interventions to address the epidemic of opioid addiction.