From Research to Recovery: New Approaches to the Opioid Crisis
The opioid epidemic in the United States is affecting diverse populations and geographical areas in significantly different ways. Ohio has the second highest number of opioid-related deaths in the US. A range of factors, including increasing state and federal government regulation of prescription opioid use and the introduction of fentanyl into the illegal drug market, have resulted in substantial new challenges to addressing many aspects of the crisis. While new research is being conducted in many areas and while public and private providers are creating progressive treatment and recovery programs for substance abuse disorder, a platform for exchange of ideas and information between researchers, clinicians, and providers is largely missing. The goal of this meeting is to bring together researchers, social scientists, clinicians, and providers working in various areas of opioid crisis intervention to share ideas and treatment protocols as well as to develop new lines of research inquiry to address the opioid crisis.