Breaking the Stigma and Ending the Addiction Cycle: Critical Steps for States, Counties & Tribes
Georgetown University (In-Person and Livestream)
With U.S. overdose deaths reaching historic highs in 2021, ongoing trials and high-profile settlements with drug companies, and more research available than ever about the opioid epidemic, where do we go from here?
LightStream Consulting Group with co-host UNCOMN are hosting a special one-day event focused on critical steps in addiction abatement on May 17 at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. Breaking the Stigma and Ending the Addiction Cycle: Critical Steps for States, Counties & Tribes will bring together a broad community of leading experts and influential stakeholders in addiction treatment to discuss new resources, innovative research, effective strategies and best practices that can be put into practice on the ground. Information shared at the event has been gathered by an independent panel of national experts and addiction professionals over the last 14 months through the invaluable work of the National Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Strategic Advisory Panel (NSUDSAP) and associated workgroups.
The event will be both in-person and available via livestream. Sessions will include speakers and panelists in seven focus areas: treatment, prevention, recovery, the workplace, criminal justice, civil legal aid, and harm reduction. RTI expert, Dr. Phillip Graham, will be speaking on a panel around early prevention and intervention strategies, highlighting the importance of looking upstream. Learn more about Dr. Graham's panel below, and view the full agenda for the event.
RTI Panel Session
Early Prevention, and Early Intervention Strategies - Panel #5 – Interrupting the Pathways to Initiation and Addiction
Moderator: Emily Piper, JD, Vice President, Government and External Affairs, Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation
- Phillip W. Graham, DrPH, MPH, Director, Center for Behavioral Health Epidemiology, Implementation, and Evaluation Research, RTI International – Topic: The Promise and Importance of Looking Upstream
- Karen Pershing, MPH, CPS II, Executive Director, Metro Drug Coalition, Knoxville, TN – Topic: Early intervention strategies; TN ACE’s
- Teresa Sanchez, Morongo Band of Mission Indians, Tribal Council Member; Riverside San Bernardino County Indian Health, Inc., Board Delegate; California Tribal Families Coalition
- Ken Shatzkes, PhD, Senior Program Officer, Foundation for Opioid Response Efforts (FORE)
- Sue Thau, MCRP, Public Policy Consultant, Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) – Topic: Upstream prevention strategies