Science & Society Classroom, North Building 232 12:00 PM
More than 60,000 people in the US died of drug overdoses in 2017. Chronic pain afflicts an estimated 100 million Americans; many of whom rely on opioids to help ameliorate their pain. Efforts to restrict the availability of opioids has yet to stem the rising death toll. But, are those in chronic pain becoming the collateral damage in the war on opioids? Examine these two parallel public health crises from the perspective of a policy maker and a clinician.
Regina LaBelle, was Chief of Staff at the Office of National Drug Control Policy during the Obama administration and is now a Visiting Fellow at Duke’s Margolis Center on Health Policy. Dr. Tony Galanos is a Professor of Medicine at Duke and specialist in palliative care, end of life care and geriatrics, who regularly treats patients in chronic pain. Join their discussion.
Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP so that we have an accurate headcount for catering.