MPHA is proud to Co-Sponsor a William James College Forum on the opioid crisis this April. “Opioid Crisis: Thinking Outside the Box” is being held on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm at Back Bay Events Center in Boston. The Forum, which will feature key leaders including Secretary Marylou Sudders, Governor Baker, Leonard Campanello, Gloucester’s police chief and more, will present the opioid crisis from policy, academic, and frontline perspectives. Opioid abuse has risen to epidemic proportions in Massachusetts and across the nation. There are evidence-based interventions and new federal and state policies aimed at ameliorating the crisis. Yet the mortality rate remains extraordinarily high. The Forum will focus on innovative harm reduction strategies, approaches to racial and ethnic disparities in access to treatment, and state of the art prevention and early intervention programs.
- Between 2000 and 2010, rates of accidental prescription opioid overdose in U.S. increased almost fourfold.
- In Massachusetts, opioid deaths topped 1,000 in 2014.
- Estimates from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health show that during the 1st half of 2015, the number of deaths from opioid overdoses-684-increased about 6% from the same period last year.
- In Massachusetts, Blacks and Latinos represent 15% of the population yet account for 33% of convictions and 72% of convictions for mandatory drug offenses.
Marylou Sudders, MSW, Secretary, Executive Office of Health and Human Services, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Carl Hart, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychology in the Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology at Columbia University, and Director of the Residential Studies and Methamphetamine Research Laboratories at the New York State Psychiatric Institute
Andrew Kolodny, MD, Chief Medical Officer of Phoenix House; a senior scientist at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University; a research professor at the Global Institute of Public Health, New York University; and Executive Director and co-founder of Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing
The discussion will focus on harm reduction strategies, racial disparities in accessing treat¬ment, and ways to identify those at greatest risk.
Martha Bebinger, WBUR reporter and expert in communications on the opioid crisis
Leonard Campanello, Chief of Police, Gloucester, Massachusetts
Jessie M. Gaeta, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program and Assistant Professor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine
Haner Hernández, PhD, CADAC II, LADC I, Brown University’s Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies
Mary McGeown, President and CEO of the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children
Joanne Peterson, Founder and Executive Director, Learn to Cope, Inc.
OC16 | 4 CE Credits | $75
Recovery Coaches & Recovery Specialists | $37.50
Graduate Students, General Public, Other Professionals | No CE Credits | Free