Between 2000 and 2015, opioids claimed more than half a million lives in the United States and decimated communities around the nation. In Philadelphia and the surrounding area, the crisis is particularly hard-hitting and continues to widen in scope. While the federal government declared the opioid crisis a national public health emergency in 2017, much of the most significant work being conducted in prevention, treatment and policy occurs at local and regional levels.
On Friday, April 20, the Southeastern PA Opioids Summit brings together leaders in research, clinical practice and policymaking to address the opioid epidemic in our region and chart the way forward in responding to the crisis.
The event will include keynotes and panel discussions throughout the day, led by faculty members from Temple’s College of Public Health, Lewis Katz School of Medicine, and College of Liberal Arts, as well as Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, Philadelphia Health Commissioner Thomas Farley, representatives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, regional nonprofits, and others. Panels will explore the causes of the epidemic, state- and city-wide solutions, emerging practices in treatment and prevention, and more.