Regional Strategies to Address the Opioid Epidemic

Dennis C. Daley, PhD

The opioid epidemic has led to a significant increase in medical complications and deaths from drug overdoses; adversely affected family units and members, including children; caused numerous social problems; and impacted on medical, criminal justice, and social service systems that deal with the many negative outcomes associated with opioid misuse and addiction.

This presentation will review the causes and effects of this epidemic with a focus on many efforts throughout our Western Pennsylvania region by multiple stakeholders in medical, criminal justice, and addiction treatment and recovery systems.