In an effort to address the stigma associated with opioid use disorder and make all health care employees aware of the resources available to address the opioid epidemic, UPMC
will be hosting “Opioids: The Fight Continues.”
The opioid epidemic
is a leading public health crisis in Pennsylvania and across the country. Opioid misuse has led to devastating consequences for the people who struggle with addiction, their families
and their communities. Since January 1, 2018, there have been nearly 16,000 emergency department visits for opioid overdoses in Pennsylvania
and 4,413 overdose deaths last year alone.
- Tami Minnier, chief quality officer, UPMC.
- Rachel Levine, M.D., secretary of health, Pennsylvania Department of Health.
- Vanila M. Singh, M.D., immediate former chief medical officer, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
- Brian Dempsey, intelligence specialist, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
- Michael Lynch, M.D., medical director, Pittsburgh Poison Center and substance use disorder services at UPMC Health Plan.
- Joe DelSardo, husband and father in long-term recovery.
WHEN: Monday, Sept. 16, 2019
- 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., lecture
- 12:30 to 1 p.m., media availability with some of the speakers
WHERE: Herberman Conference Center, UPMC Hillman Cancer Center Pavilion, 5230 Centre Ave., Pittsburgh, 15232.
Note to Media:
To cover this event, prior arrangements must be made by contacting Allison Hydzik at 412-647-9975 or HydzikAM@upmc.edu
. A livestream will be made available to reporters who inquire about covering the event remotely.