Keith Humphreys, PhD
Esther Ting Memorial Professor
Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
The U.S. is currently in the midst of the worst opioid crisis in its history, and the worst epidemic of any form for many decades. Two complex realities frame the epidemic. First, while we need quality health care to turn back the epidemic, the health care system itself had a major role in starting the problem in the first place. Second, while opioids are overprescribed and sometimes deadly, they are also absolutely essential to evidence-based medicine. Policy responses tend to become oversimplified in a crisis, but wise policymakers will do justice to both sides of both of these two realities. This presentation will suggest some ways to navigate this difficult course in public policy and in clinical care.
Everyone is invited to attend this seminar. Light refreshments served.
This seminar is sponsored by the Division of Health Policy and Management, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota.