Interdisciplinary Opioid Epidemic Symposium Fall 2018





Interdisciplinary Opioid Epidemic Symposium 

Saturday, October 20, 2018
Miller Learning Center Room 101

University of Georgia


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were nearly 50,000 deaths nationwide in 2017 attributable to the opioid crisis in America. In October 2018, the University of Georgia will come together as an interdisciplinary group to share research and scholarship by UGA faculty, staff and students that will help address critical issues relating to opioid abuse and addiction. It is intended that the Interdisciplinary Opioid Epidemic Symposium discussions will become the basis for policy briefs, white papers and scholarly articles intended for use by policymakers at the state and federal levels, healthcare providers, and other key stakeholders in addressing this national issue. The conference will be held at the Miller Learning Center. 




8:30-9:00 AM Continental Breakfast/Registration
9:00-10:00 AM Opening Plenary:  Beth Macy, author of "Dopesick" (New York Times best seller on the opioid epidemic).
10:00-11:00 AM Social Sciences Panel:  1. Rachel Fusco (Assoc. Professor, UGA School of Social Work); 2. David Bradford (Busbee Chair in Public Policy, UGA School of Public and International Affairs); 3. Vincent Pohl (Asst. Professor, UGA Terry College of Business); 4. Orion Mowbray (Assoc. Professor, UGA School of Social Work)
11:00-11:15 AM Break Period
11:15 AM -12:15 PM Government Panel: 1. Elizabeth Weeks (Assoc. Dean and J. Alton Hosch Professor, UGA School of Law); 2.  Sheila Pierce (Opioid Program Coordinator and Director of the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, Georgia Department of Public Health); 3. Deb Bailey (Executive Director of Government Affairs, Northeast Georgia Health System)  
12:15-1:15 PM Lunch Keynote:  Rita Noonan (Chief, Health Systems & Trauma Systems Branch, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention)
1:15-1:30 PM Break Period
1:30-2:30 PM Behavioral/Life Sciences Panel: 1. Jesse Schank (Asst. Professor, UGA College of Veterinary Medicine, Dept. of Pharmacology and Physiology); 2. Grace Adams (Asst. Professor, UGA College of Public Health); 3. Amanda Abraham (Asst. Professor, UGA School of Public and International Affairs); 4. Jayani Jayawardhana (Assoc. Professor, College of Pharmacy)
2:30-3:30 PM Poster Sessions: 5 minute talks (Wine and Cheese reception)