Opioid addiction is a growing concern across the United States, where it’s estimated that 44 people die of prescription opioid overdoses every day.
As lawmakers and influencers seek ways to prevent opioid and heroin addiction, and expand recovery and treatment options for those suffering from it, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin is at the forefront of the issue. He made history—and helped change the national conversation on addiction—when he dedicated his entire 2014 State of the State Address to this topic.
On Friday, Feb. 19, Gov. Shumlin is coming to The Pew Charitable Trusts for a special event focused on this public health crisis.
He'll discuss his latest proposals to build upon the progress Vermont has made—which includes limiting the availability of opioid pills and promoting the use of naltrexone, a drug that blocks the desired effects individuals seek when using opioids.
Allan Coukell, Pew’s senior director for health programs, will introduce the governor and share details about Pew’s prescription drug abuse project, which works to develop and support policies that will help reduce the inappropriate use of prescription drugs while ensuring that patients with legitimate medical needs have access to effective pain management.
This event is open to the general public and will also be webcast live. People who’d like to attend in person at Pew's Washington headquarters must register by noon on Feb. 18.
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