The Office of Interprofessional Education hosted its 2nd annual Interprofessional Forum addressing the recognition of and solutions for the burgeoning opioid epidemic in our country. Over 750 students from 10 professional programs brought their unique expertise together to identify strategies for the prevention and management of opioid dependence.
Students heard from keynote speakers, Dr. Gale Burstein, Erie County Commissioner of Health, and Dr. Paul Updike, Medical Director of Substance Use Services for the Catholic Health System. Dr. Burstein addressed how opioid dependence is affecting residents in Erie County and Dr. Updike followed with his presentation on the importance of an interprofessional team approach to patient care.
The 2017 IP Fall Forum - Confronting Opioid Dependence: An Interprofessional Strategy - was held on Thursday, November 9 at the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.