September 21, 2017
Policy Advisor
Philadelphia Department of Public Health
Co-sponsored by: 
Center for Public Health Initiatives
Bodek Lounge, Houston Hall, 3417 Spruce Street
Drug overdoses killed 907 people in Philadelphia in 2016, three times the number of homicides. Eighty percent of these involved an opioid, including heroin and fentanyl. Thousands of non-fatal overdoses also occurred, burdening the city’s first responders and emergency departments. And still thousands more have a substance use disorder or are at risk from their ongoing use. This talk will discuss the opioid epidemic in Philadelphia, focusing on the epidemiology of opioid use and overdose, the recommendations from the Mayor’s Task Force, and the public health opportunities to overcome the many challenges in this crisis.