Opioid Addiction in America: Leveraging Community Expertise

Opioid Addiction in America
This presentation identified ways that inter-professional community-engaged research, scholarship, and practice can be useful in combating opioid use disorder. Participants learned to articulate the benefits of interprofessional community coalitions in mobilizing against opioid use disorder, explain the goals of treatment courts and key components of drug courts in addressing opioid use disorder and describe multiple methods of engaging with health care systems and professionals to improve care for patients with opioid use disorder. Dr. Palombi was followed by a personal story of addiction. Most discussions of the opioid crisis tend to create a gap between “addicts” who are most likely to die of overdose, and “non-addicts” who are just an accident away from opioid addiction. Matthew F. Filner is a professor of political science who discussed how and why his serious accident turned into opioid addiction.

Speakers: Laura Palombi, Pharm.D., MPH, MAT, College of Pharmacy, University of Minnesota Duluth; Matthew Filner, Political Science, Metropolitan State University 


Event date: 
Tuesday, February 6, 2018 - 6:00pm