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Opioid Crisis: Where we are and Where We are Going

Opioid Crisis: Where we are and Where We are Going

Monday, October 21, 2019 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Themes Theatre
Health Innovation

This nation is in the midst of an unprecedented Opioid epidemic with over 116 individuals dying per day. What is needed is earlier prevention, education on the adverse effects of Opioids, access to treatments to fight addictions and a thorough understanding and control of the supply chain to fight the Opioid crisis.

This panel discussion will include leaders from National Institute of Health, Centers for Disease Control and prevention, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and other perspectives on the research efforts today and what they can be used for in the treatment and prevention as well as the progress that has been made to date in the communities, government agencies, public health efforts, and with local providers and hospitals. The panel will also discuss President Trump’s 2018 Initiative to Stop Opioid Abuse and the actions and activities to date. Case examples from the Health care fraud unit involving Opioid access and distribution will provide the audience with a clearer understanding of the impact of this crisis on the community at large. Panel representatives with include government, state agencies, community associations and industry who are readily addressing this problem.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain the scope and impact of the U.S. opioid epidemic
  • Describe and discuss the federal resources the audience can employ in the efforts of combating the opioid crisis
  • Describe the progress on the opioid crisis that has been made to date and the next initiatives that the audience can get involved in

Elisabeth Uphoff Kato, MD, MRP – Medical Officer, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Marta Sokolowska PhD – Associate Director for Control Substances, CDER/ Food and Drug Administration

Margeaux Akazawa – Internal Innovation Programs Director, Department of Health and Human Services

Diana Ceban – Senior Executive, SAIC