To watch the webcast, on June 26, at 2 PM EDT (Washington, DC time), please visit: https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/about/events/2019/us-surgeon-general-to-discuss-americas-opioid-epidemic
Opioid use disorder is a public health crisis responsible for approximately 130 overdose deaths a day. As the 20th surgeon general of the United States, Vice Adm. Jerome M. Adams has made combating this epidemic a national priority.
Join The Pew Charitable Trusts on Wednesday, June 26, at 2 p.m. EDT for a live webcast as Dr. Adams outlines strategies to help prevent and treat opioid misuse and promote recovery.
During his tenure, Dr. Adams has called for a cultural shift on addiction, urging the public and policymakers to view it as a chronic, treatable disease rather than a moral failing. He also has called for expanding access to evidence-based treatment and broadening the availability of naloxone, a Food and Drug Administration-approved medication that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose and save lives. Evidence shows that the most effective intervention for opioid use disorder is medication-assisted treatment, which combines FDA-approved medications with behavioral therapies.