Combatting the Crisis of Opioids

Combatting the Crisis of Opioids



As the leading cause of accidental death in the United States, the opioid epidemic continues to ravage the nation, and there are no simple fixes. As we work to overcome this crisis, the U.S. Surgeon General recommends creating better partnerships with experts and communities to develop, implement, and share collaborative solutions at national and local levels. Government officials and experts will discuss action taken by Congress and the Administration to date, as well as policies we still need to pass. How can businesses, nonprofits, and communities more effectively support prevention programs and those suffering from substance use disorders, especially if funding and resources are scarce? What are successful models we can highlight and replicate?

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Sabrina Spitaletta
Director, Center for Public Health, Milken Institute

Alan M. Muney
Chief Medical Officer, Executive Vice President, Total Health and Network, Cigna Corporation

Joe Smyser
CEO, The Public Good Projects

Nora Volkow
Director, National Institute on Drug Abuse at the National Institutes of Health

Greg Walden
U.S. Representative, Oregon; Chairman, Committee on Energy and Commerce, U.S. House of Representatives

James A. Winnefeld, Jr.
Retired Admiral, U.S. Navy; Co-Chair, S.A.F.E. Project US

Published November 21, 2019