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The National Academy of Medicine held a webinar on February 13, 2019 featuring an overview of the Action Collaborative on Countering the U.S. Opioid Epidemic and the work it will undertake over the next two years to share knowledge, align initiatives, and advance multisector solutions to improve outcomes for those impacted by the opioid epidemic.



Every day, an estimated 130 Americans die from an opioid overdose – a grim statistic that has devastated families and communities around the nation. Due to the complex and urgent nature of the epidemic, reversing the opioid crisis will require a multi-sectoral and multi-pronged response; no organization, government agency, or sector can solve this crisis on its own. Within the past year alone, numerous initiatives, reports, guidelines, and recommendations have been developed to address the epidemic across the public and private sectors. With so much activity underway, strong mechanisms to support better coordination, information-sharing, and evidence-based practice are needed. To improve coordination and accelerate the pace of change, the National Academy of Medicine has partnered with the Aspen Institute and more than 50 other organizations to form an Action Collaborative on Countering the U.S. Opioid Epidemic.


Webinar Agenda

Introductions and Welcome – Victor Dzau, President, National Academy of Medicine and Action Collaborative Co-Chair

Overview of the Action Collaborative – ADM Brett Giroir, Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Action Collaborative Co-Chair

Presentations of the Action Collaborative Working Groups

  • Health Professional Education and Training – Steve Singer, Vice President, Education and Outreach, Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education
  • Opioid Prescribing Guidelines and Evidence Standards – Helen Burstin, Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer, Council of Medical Specialty Societies
  • Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery from Opioid Use Disorders – Alonzo Plough, Chief Science Officer and Vice President, Research-Evaluation-Learning, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Research, Data, and Metrics – Kelly Clark, President, American Society of Addiction Medicine


Q&A with webinar audience


Questions? Please email opioidcollaborative@nas.edu.

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