Unlike typical disease epidemics, the opioid addiction epidemic was not caused by a virus or a bacteria. Rather, it was an array of factors and failures that led to a soaring increase in opioid-related morbidity and mortality. Andrew Kolodny will trace the origin of the epidemic. He will highlight lessons, that if learned, can be utilized by diverse stakeholders, including state and federal policymakers, the medical community, and the public. Understanding how the epidemic happened can aid efforts to reverse it. Identifying and correcting policy failures may prevent similar crises from occurring in the future.
This session is accredited for the following accreditation types: CME, CNE, CPE, APA, AAFP, AAHCPAD*, NAADAC*, ASWB*
*State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit.