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Distinguished Lecturer

Distinguished Lecturer

John Howard, MD

Director, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health,
Administrator of the World Trade Center Health Program, 
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Perspectives on the U.S. Opioid Epidemic

Every day more than 90 Americans die after overdosing on opioid drugs (MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2016;65). Misuse of and addiction to opioids—including physician-prescribed pain relievers, illicit opiates like heroin, and synthetic opioids like fentanyl—represents a national crisis that can touch all of us. Dr. Howard will review the history of opiate use in the U.S., the origins and scope of the current crisis, efforts to intervene in the opioid epidemic, and recommended protections for first responders, law enforcement and healthcare workers.

One contact hour of public health continuing education is offered


Thursday, March 8, 2018
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


School of Public Health Auditorium 1603 W. Taylor St. (Taylor and Ashland)


Save the Date! March 8, 2018!
 The Illinois Occupational and Environmental Health and Safety Education and Research Center is celebrating its 40th Anniversary. Click here for more information!


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