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The Opioid Epidemic in America

04/10/2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


Nora Volkow, MD, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), will speak about the opioid epidemic in America at Wake Forest School of Medicine on Monday, April 10.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place in the atrium of Wake Forest Biotech Place.

Opioid misuse is an urgent public health problem throughout the United States. In North Carolina, it is particularly acute in the Piedmont and mountain regions, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. While heroin use is a major problem in the state, abuse of prescription opioids is responsible for the greatest number of overdose deaths. In addition to overdose, opioid abuse is associated with potentially life-threatening infections resulting from injection, including hepatitis C and HIV.

Volkow’s talk is the inaugural address of the School of Medicine’s Center for Research on Substance Use and Addiction. The new center brings together basic scientists, clinical researchers and population scientists who are conducting leading-edge research into substance abuse and addiction.

For questions please contact Eryn Johnson at eryjohns@wakehealth.edu.


12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


Wake Forest Biotech Place – Atrium
575 North Patterson Avenue
Winston-Salem, NC United States
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