April 12, 2017

Center for Health Journalims- Reporting on America's Opioid Drug Crisis

"It’s often been called the worst drug crisis in American history, ravaging towns from coast to coast and killing more than 33,000 people in 2015. This webinar will explain and offer reporting and storytelling approaches for a new geography of addiction, as the opioid epidemic has proven particularly devastating for white rural communities. Prescription painkillers have long been at the core of the epidemic, but the number of deaths from heroin, synthetic opioids and benzodiazepines has risen dramatically in recent years. Mix in alcohol too and users are dying from a toxic cocktail. While the larger story of the U.S. opioid crisis is not new, the epidemic claims more lives every year as increasingly powerful drugs and drug combinations lead to more overdoses, giving this story a heightened urgency. This webinar will provide an up-to-date overview of the epidemic, detail the role played by Big Pharma and doctors in fueling the crisis, and offer reporters ideas on how to bring the story home in more powerful ways for their audience."

Click here to view the Reporting on America's Opioid Drug Crisis Webinar.