According to the CDC/NCHS, every day more than 115 Americans die after overdosing on opioids. The misuse of and addiction to opioids—including prescription pain relievers, heroin, and synthetic opioids such as fentanyl — is a serious national crisis that affects public health as well as social and economic welfare.
Through her work as President of the Physician Assistant Education Association, Lisa Alexander, EdD, PA-C, MPH, Professor of Physician Assistant Studies, has helped to arrange a panel of experts who will help educate and inspire our students to become stewards in this effort to understand the opioid crisis from different perspectives. The speakers include:
- Dr. John Aldis (Martinsburg, WV)*
- Kate Dixon Health Policy Fellow for Congressman Roger Marshall, MD (KS-01)
- Dave Keahey, Chief Policy and Research Officer at PA Education Association (PAEA)
- Aaron Sours, PA-S (Class of 2018)
*Dr. Aldis was profiled in the July 2017 New Yorker article written by Margaret Talbot entitled "The Addicts Next Door"
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