Prescription Opioid Abuse in the US: History, Precipitating Factors, and the Transition to Heroin

February 24, 2017
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Brown School, Danforth Campus

Theodore J. Cicero, PhD
John P. Feighner Professor, Department of Psychiatry
Washington University School of Medicine

This workshop will focus on the origins of prescription opioid abuse in this country, and in our region, over the past 15 years. We will focus on the events that triggered the first wave of prescription drug abuse and what factors nurtured its growth making it the epidemic it now appears to be.

Emphasis will be placed on how public health policy actually facilitated the crisis, the characteristics of abusers, and the intended and unintended impacts of efforts to halt the spread of abuse. Finally we will talk about the future trends in abuse and the unfortunate transition of prescription abuse to experimentation with heroin. The workshop should shed light on the opioid abuse problem and steps that should be taken to mitigate what is now a crisis.

3 CEUs

Class size is limited to 45.

$50 General Admission
$30 Brown School Field Instructors
$10 Full-Time Graduate Students

Event Sponsors: Brown School at Washington University