10 May

Neuroscience and Society: The Opioid Epidemic

10 May 2017
5:30 pm
AAAS Headquarters

When and where?
May 10, 2017
5:30 p.m.
AAAS Auditorium
1200 New York Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20005

About the Series
The Neuroscience and Society series is a partnership between AAAS and the Dana Foundation

Opioid addiction has reached epidemic proportions in the United States, with overdoses and deaths caused by prescribed and “street” drugs on the rise. The accelerating abuse of opioids includes not only painkillers that have legitimate uses, but heroin and the synthetic opioid fentanyl as well. The epidemic is not limited to inner city pockets of poverty; small-town America is also overcome by a tsunami of opioid addiction, putting strains on state and local social services and criminal justice systems. Join us for an event that will address the demographics and sociology of the opioid epidemic, the science of opioid addiction, and treatment options.

Presenters
Daniel Ciccarone, M.D. 
Professor, Family and Community Medicine 
University of California, San Francisco 

Karen Drexler, M.D. 
National Mental Health Program Director 
Substance Use Disorders
Office of Mental Health Services 
Veterans Healthcare Administration, Atlanta 

Nora Volkow, M.D. 
Director 
National Institute on Drug Abuse, NIH