Opioid Epidemic Forum Assembles Nation’s Top Health, Government Leaders – Oct. 16

In response to the urgency of the opioid epidemic and the need to advance discussions around coordinated solutions, the National Academy of Medicine is hosting a forum that will examine the necessary public health, medical practice, policy, regulatory, and legal reforms and strategies needed to combat the epidemic.  Moderated by NAM President Victor J. Dzau, the forum will include a discussion among the nation’s top health and government leaders, including: 

The forum is part of the National Academy of Medicine’s annual meeting of members.  Other portions of the meeting include a keynote on genes, brains, and flexible behaviors by Cori Bargmann, Ph.D., from The Rockefeller University and Chan Zuckerberg Initiative – as well as sessions on the autism spectrum and schizophrenias; mood and anxiety disorders; and risk-taking behavior and drivers of addiction.

Recently, the NAM released a special publicationFirst Do No Harm: Marshaling Clinician Leadership to Counter the Opioid Epidemic – to help health clinicians counter the opioid epidemic.  A report released earlier this year by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine called the opioid crisis an urgent public health priority and presented a national strategy to reduce the epidemic. 

The opioid panel session will begin at 4:15 p.m. EDT and end at 5:30 p.m.  All sessions take place on Monday, Oct. 16, at the National Academy of Sciences building 2101 Constitution Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C.  Reporters who wish to attend should register in advance with the Office of News and Public Information; tel. 202-334-2138 or e-mail news@nas.edu.  Those who cannot attend the event in person can watch a live webcast here.  For more information and the full agenda for the annual meeting, visit here.