Last month, the Southeastern PA Opioids Summit brought together leaders in research, clinical practice and policymaking to address the opioid epidemic in our region and chart the way forward in responding to the crisis.
The event included keynotes and panel discussions throughout the day, led by faculty members from Temple’s College of Public Health, Lewis Katz School of Medicine, and College of Liberal Arts, as well as representatives from the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General, Philadelphia Office of the Health Commissioner, regional nonprofits, and others. Question-and-answer panels of faculty members and practitioners explored the causes of the epidemic, state- and city-wide solutions, emerging practices in treatment and prevention, and more.
Between 2000 and 2015, opioids claimed more than half a million lives in the United States and decimated communities around the nation. In Philadelphia and the surrounding area, the crisis is particularly hard-hitting and continues to widen in scope. While the federal government declared the opioid crisis a national public health emergency in 2017, much of the most significant work being conducted in prevention, treatment and policy occurs at local and regional levels.