America is in the grip of an opioid epidemic that is increasing in both death toll and severity of threat to the public health. In 2015, according to the Department of Health and Human Services, 12.5 million people misused prescription opioids and nearly another million used heroin, leading to 46,000 overdose deaths and $78.5 billion in economic costs.
The College of Health Science’s upcoming Marquette Presents series will address this epidemic head-on, with perspective from speakers including Alderman Michael Murphy, researchers and clinicians from Marquette University, Aurora and The Bridge Health Clinics, and a mother and daughter who have first-hand experience with the effects of opioid addiction.
The free, public event is Thursday, Nov. 30, at 7:15 a.m. in the AMU Monaghan Ballrooms.
The event includes a complimentary continental breakfast. Registration is required and available online at https://muconnect.marquette.edu/2017-mu-presents-opioids-113017.