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Opioids and the Masses: Early Lessons from the Epidemic

  • Boston University School of Public Health Hiebert Lounge 72 East Concord Street Boston, MA (map)

Hiebert Lounge
72 East Concord Street

Speaker: Sally Satel, Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute, and Consulting Psychiatrist, Partners in Drug Abuse Rehabilitation and Counseling Clinic

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.