The Epidemic Within the Pandemic: Ongoing Efforts to Address Opioid Use Disorder & Overdose Deaths July 8, 2020 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM

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Overdoses and overdose deaths involving opioids and other substances continue unabated, at the same time the nation must tend to the urgent issue of COVID-19. Hear from policy experts Regina LaBelle and Shelly Weizman, along with Georgetown University Medical School students, about the current state of the Nation's addiction epidemic and steps being taken to reduce overdose deaths in DC.

This roundtable will begin with a presentation from Georgetown University Medical School students who are part of the HOYA Dope project.  The students will discuss their efforts to expand naloxone availability in the District of Columbia and why addiction education is an essential element of their training as physicians.  Following this presentation, Regina LaBelle and Shelly Weizman, with Georgetown University Law Center's O'Neill Institute, will discuss their work at the intersection of health law and policy and their efforts to advance evidence based treatment for people with substance use disorder.  Regina and Shelly will also present the latest information on how the public health emergency of COVID-19 has enabled access to medication based treatment for people with opioid use disorder.