Working together, we can end the opioid epidemic in Massachusetts
Research Presented on Effect of Opioids in MA Workforce
September 6, 2019
Join us on Friday, September 6, 2019 at the UMass Amherst Campus Center for a forum entitled, “Addressing the Opioid Crisis in Small and Rural Communities in Western Massachusetts.” This forum will focus on the numerous ways in which the opioid crisis has impacted Western Massachusetts, with particular attention paid to the social and economic consequences on employers and small and rural communities. Unique challenges and innovative solutions will be highlighted. A detailed agenda and email invitation will be distributed shortly.
Forum held on November 1, 2018
Join us on Thursday, November 1, 2018 at the Colonnade Hotel for a forum entitled, “Opioids in the Workforce.” One million people in this country are not working due to opioid use disorder while 55 percent of people with an opioid addiction are employed. Both factors have a negative impact on the workforce and the workplace and cause lost productivity and increased health care costs. This forum will provide analysis on how the opioid epidemic affects employers, employees, and dependents and examine solutions that will lead to prevention and appropriate treatment. This work is funded through a grant from RIZE Massachusetts. The issue brief is being produced in collaboration with the NIDA funded Brandeis/Harvard Center to Improve System Performance of Substance Use Disorder Treatment and the Opioid Policy Research Collaborative (OPRC). A continental breakfast will be served during registration between 8:00 - 8:30 a.m. We hope you will be able to join us. Seating is limited so please register as soon as possible.
Forum held on November 16, 2017
Please join us for the launch of the Opioid Policy Research Collaborative at Brandeis University. OPRC launch events include a film screening and panel discussion. "Warning: This Drug May Kill You" takes an unflinching look at the devastating effects of opioid addiction in the U.S., profiling four families whose lives have been decimated by addictions that all began with legitimate prescriptions to dangerous painkillers. Through the personal and emotional stories of people on the front lines of this epidemic, the film sheds light on the struggles of ordinary people who were prescribed highly addictive opioid pain medications, which are too often the gateway to a very similar opioid, heroin. Featuring home videos and photos that humanize this public health crisis, along with important statistics and information about opioid use and treatment, "Warning: This Drug May Kill You" is an eye-opening look at a terrifying epidemic that is devastating communities across this country, and the toll it has taken on its victims and their families. The film screening will be followed by an expert panel discussion featuring: Perri Peltz, Director of "Warning: This Drug May Kill You," Secretary Marylou Sudders, Massachusetts Secretary of Health and Human Services, Dr. Myechia Minter-Jordan, President and CEO of the Dimock Center, and Dr. Andrew Kolodny, Medical consultant for the film and Co- Director of the Opioid Policy Research Collaborative. The panel will be moderated by Cynthia McFadden, senior legal and Investigative correspondent for NBC News. The OPRC Launch is co-sponsored by the Schneider Institutes for Health Policy at Brandeis University, the Brandeis/Harvard NIDA Center to Improve System Performance of Substance Use Disorder Treatment, and the Massachusetts Health Policy Forum. Panel Discussion: