Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 12:30pm
Solarium (FA2), Falconer Hall, 84 Queen's Park

Tackling the Opioid Crisis: Where We Are and What Needs to Be Done

 Thursday, March 21, 2019   12:30 - 2:00     Solarium (FA2), Falconer Hall 84 Queen's Park

Since January 2016, more than 9,000 Canadians lost their lives due to opioids. Last month in Toronto, at least 18 people died of opioid overdoses, while more than 300 people were treated for suspected overdoses. These data gives us some sense of the extent of the ‘opioid crisis’, with its devastating impact on Canadians, their families, and the larger society. What do we know about the crisis? What is being done to address it? How can we scale up the innovations in treatment and prevention? What are the regulatory and legal tools for effective intervention as well as the potential barriers? What should provincial and federal governments, and the regulatory colleges do? What further research is needed?

Join us for this timely conversation with:

Tara Gomes, Assistant Professor, University of Toronto, Scientist Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael’ Hospital and ICES; Principal Investigator of the Ontario Drug Policy Research Network

Dan Werb, Assistant Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases & Global Public Health, University of California San Diego & Institute for Health Policy, Management & Evaluation, University of Toronto; Director Centre on Drug Policy Evaluation, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael’s Hospital

Sheila Jennings, Ontario Lead for Moms Stop the Harm

Moderator: Trudo Lemmens, Scholl Chair in Health Law and Policy, Faculty of Law and Dalla Lana School of Public Health

A light lunch will be provided

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