This year’s Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Symposium will focus on how challenges associated with managing acute and chronic pain have led to an explosion in the abuse of prescription pain medications and a nationwide epidemic. Panelists will consider how to inform health care policies that impact the opioid epidemic by asking:
- How can we use the wealth of epidemiological, clinical, and basic science information about the biology of pain and addiction to stem the opioid epidemic?
- What can be done now?
- What should be done in the longer term?
The plenary lecture will be followed by a panel of University of Michigan faculty who will address various facets of the opioid epidemic across a wide range of disciplines; including:
- Epidemiological aspects of opioid use and abuse
- Clinical aspects of acute and chronic pain treatment
- Neurobiological and behavioral mechanisms that predispose to substance use and addiction, and
- Molecular and pharmacological aspects of opioid actions
A closing reception for all guests will follow the symposium.