- September 25, 2017
A National Event (9/27): From Pain to Promise – Addressing Opioids & Suicide in Communities Across America
Washington, DC / PR web / September 25, 2017 – The United States is experiencing a drop in overall life expectancy for the first time in nearly 25 years, due in part to increases in two of the nation’s most heart-breaking and yet preventable public health challenges: the increasing rate of suicide and the increasing misuse of opioid drugs. This one-of-a-kind event will focus on what can be done on a community level to address these national crises. Public and private sector thought leaders will discuss potential solutions for reducing so-called “deaths of despair” – death by drugs, alcohol and suicide — restoring hope, and saving lives in communities across the country. Our discussion comes in the wake of the Administration’s call to declare the opioid crisis a “national emergency” and on the eve of delivery of final recommendations of the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis.
- Alex Crosby, Senior Medical Advisor on Suicide Prevention, Division of Violence Prevention (DVP), National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Arthur C. Evans, Chief Executive Officer, American Psychological Association
- Brooke Feldman, Mental Health and Addiction Recovery Advocate; Blogger, Huffington Post; Voice of Lived Experience
- Patrick Kennedy, Founder, The Kennedy Forum; Member, President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, Executive Committee Member, Action Alliance
- Gary Langis, Substance Abuse Prevention Consultant, EDC; Voice of Lived Experience
- Elinore McCance-Katz, Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
- Jerry Reed, Senior Vice President, EDC; Executive Committee Member, Action Alliance
- Kay Warren, Co-founder, Saddleback Church; Executive Committee Member, Action Alliance
WHEN: Wednesday, September 27, 2017 from 3:00-5:30 p.m.
WHERE: Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
Rotunda, North Tower, 8th Floor
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004
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