Leveraging science to change hearts and minds: addressing the opioid crisis
Sharon Walsh, Ph.D.
University of Kentucky
The opioid crisis continues to plague the United States, with tens of thousands of lives lost every year and other significant health and social consequences. What began as an epidemic fueled by the pharmaceutical industry, the opioid crisis is now shaped by an illicit market of highly potent and increasingly dangerous opioids. A coordinated effort is needed to reduce opioid misuse and address the continuum from primary prevention to effective delivery of evidence-based care for those with opioid-use disorder. Dr. Walsh’s presentation will review strategies that can be employed to reduce these harms, provide evidence supporting each intervention, and discuss the role of stigma as it negatively impacts care and prevents expansion of and access to life-saving treatment.She will also review recent developments in pharmacotherapies for the treatment of opioid-use disorder as well as in expanding care for associated infectious disease including Hepatitis C virus. The presentation will end with a call for better coordination of policy across sectors and advocacy for reducing the stigma associated with opioid-use disorder.
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