SPH Distinguished Lecture Presentation: Perspectives on the U.S. Opioid Epidemic

Sponsoring Department: 
UIC School of Public Health, The Illinois Occupational and Environmental Health and Safety Education and Research Center
Speaker: 
John Howard, MD Director, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Administrator of the World Trade Center Health Program, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Event Time: 
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Event Location: 
SPH-PI Auditorium, 1603 W. Taylor St
Contact Email: 
brosseau@uic.edu

Every day more than 90 Americans die after overdosing on opioid drugs (MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2016;65). Misuse of and addiction to opioids—including physician-prescribed pain relievers, illicit opiates like heroin, and synthetic opioids like fentanyl—represents a national crisis that can touch all of us. Dr. Howard will review the history of opiate use in the U.S., the origins and scope of the current crisis, efforts to intervene in the opioid epidemic, and recommended protections for first responders, law enforcement and healthcare workers.