Addressing the Opioid Epidemic

Addressing the Opioid Epidemic in a Profit-Driven Healthcare System:
Finding Solutions, Then and Now

Tuesday, Feb. 19, 7:30 - 9:00 PM
NY State Nurses Association, 131 W. 33rd St. (bet. 6th & 7th Aves.), 2nd Floor, Manhattan

Free and open to the public / Wheelchair-accessible

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Featured Speakers:

Bruce G. Trigg, MD
Harm Reduction and Addiction Medicine Consultant

 

 

Ashley Lewis and Paul Frazel
Members of Students for a National Health Program – NYU
Co-coordinators of NYU student campaign against the Sackler family - owners of Purdue Pharma; affiliated with PAIN (Prescription Addiction Intervention Now)

Walter Bosque
Licensed Acupuncturist and co-founder of Lincoln Detox (1970-1978)

Film clip: “The People’s Detox” (trailer here)

Join PNHP - NY Metro for a wide-ranging discussion of this critical issue. Gothamist has reported that in 2017, “overdose rates among black New Yorkers surpassed rates among whites and Latinos for the first time in a decade, due in large part to growing fentanyl usage.” Nationwide, the epidemics of opioid-use disorder and overdose deaths have been growing among all communities and ethnicities. One cause of the crisis is iatrogenic (overprescribing), induced by pharmaceutical companies – such as Purdue Pharma, sellers of OxyContin. Other roots are the social, economic, and cultural “diseases of despair” created by late-stage capitalism. Effective and humane responses have always been hampered by the medical-industrial complex’s profit-seeking, along with bureaucratic inertia, racism, and cultural stigma. A single-payer system would eliminate major barriers to addressing this deadly epidemic.

Our panel will explore campaigns and models of treatment and care – currently and historically – that offer promising solutions. The major immediate needs, which will be discussed at this forum, are:

Forty-plus years ago, a model community empowerment project was Lincoln Detox, a grassroots clinic run out of Lincoln Hospital in the South Bronx. This program sprang from a 1970 hospital occupation by Puerto Rican Young Lords, Black Panthers, and white radical health workers, addressing a grossly unmet need. Within two years, they discovered and received training in the power of acupuncture to help in the detox process – eventually becoming a world-renowned and widely-adopted model.

WHEN
February 19, 2019 at 7:30pm - 9pm
WHERE
NY State Nurses Association
131 W 33rd St (bet 6th & 7th Aves)
2nd floor
New York, NY 10001
United States
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CONTACT
Bob Lederer · · 646-866-7671
56 RSVPS
Paul Singleton Toni H. Field Philip Lindsay susan Massad Michelle Fedder Marc Campbell Janet Harmon Rafael Bruno Helen Zhou Caroline Hugh Nicole Blazek Julie Wegener Alyson Metzger 🥚 lisa melilli Maritess Dela Cruz Mariya Masyukova Mary Dewar Helen Pak David Penner GBI Summer School Ana Lita Cheryl Mike Dania Dawood Ana Djordjevic Heather Peterson Cruz Susana Torres Cano Susan Kaye Iris Cosme Esther Herman Richard Brodie Heidi Siegfried Am Goodridge Christine Pries Helen Redmond

Who's RSVPing

Paul Singleton
Toni H. Field
Philip Lindsay
susan Massad
Michelle Fedder
Marc Campbell
Janet Harmon
Rafael Bruno
Helen Zhou
Caroline Hugh
Nicole Blazek
Julie Wegener
Alyson Metzger 🥚
lisa melilli
Maritess Dela Cruz
Mariya Masyukova
Mary Dewar
Helen Pak
David Penner
GBI Summer School
Ana Lita
Cheryl Mike
Dania Dawood
Ana Djordjevic
Heather Peterson
Cruz Susana Torres Cano
Susan Kaye
Iris Cosme
Esther Herman

Will you come?