Join the Georgia Health Policy Center on Oct. 8 at 1pm for a virtual conversation with Sam Quinones, author of Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic, moderated by Dr. Debra Houry, director of the CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.
Isolation, job loss, economic insecurity, and anxiety resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic are affecting millions of Americans. These same factors are also at the root of the opioid epidemic. The despair brought on by COVID-19, combined with diminished access to treatment and personal contact as part of social distancing efforts, could in turn fuel the ongoing opioid epidemic.
Yet, there are signs of hope that the pandemic has renewed in all of us an appreciation for community, the desire to make personal connections again, and the strengthening of bonds that may provide resilience in recovery from both COVID-19 and the opioid epidemic.
This event is possible through the generous financial support of the CDC Foundation, as well as Georgia State University’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Center for Law, Health & Society in the College of Law, School of Nursing, and School of Public Health.