Combating the Opioid Drug Epidemic

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the United States is in the midst of an opioid overdose epidemic. Since 1999, overdose deaths involving heroin and opioids, including prescription opioid pain relievers, have quadrupled, and so have sales of these prescription drugs. In 2014, almost two million Americans abused or were dependent on prescription opioids. Pennsylvania is among the ten states with the highest opioid use and overdose rates. In this Events @ RAND podcast, a panel of experts helps us understand this epidemic and discuss prevention, treatment, and recovery options.

Karen Wolk Feinstein (Moderator)

Karen Wolk Feinstein (Moderator)

President and CEO, Jewish Healthcare Foundation, Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative, and Health Careers Futures

Michael Flaherty

Michael Flaherty

Clinical Psychologist; Cofounder, Institute for Research, Education & Training in Addictions

Karen Hacker (Moderator)

Karen Hacker

Director, Allegheny County Health Department

Bradley Stein

Bradley Stein

Senior Natural Scientist, RAND Corporation; Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh

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