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The Opioid Crisis: The Impacts and Effects in Higher Education

Health, Safety, and Well-being Alcohol and Other Drug Wellness and Health Promotion

The national opioid crisis has made front-page headlines– but how are colleges and universities responding? This live briefing will give an overview of the problem, discuss trends, and provide best practices for administrators to understand and respond.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (2018), more than 115 people each day die in the United States after overdosing on opioids. The misuse of and addiction to these substances - which include prescription pain relievers, synthetic opioids like fentanyl, and heroin – have led to a national public health crisis. How did we get here, and how do we move forward? What role should colleges and universities play in response to their students and local communities? 

Join us for a panel discussion of experts in the higher education field about how colleges and universities are meeting this challenge. Discussion will center around how this problem originated, discuss trend data, as well as approaches and best practices for prevention and response education. Our institutions are not immune from this national crisis – and we must be able to understand the challenge to meet it head on.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this live briefing, participants will: 

  • identify the problems that led to the national opioid crisis and the current challenges that are faced;
  • examine trend data and recognize how the approach to opioid education has evolved over time; and
  • learn from top researchers and practitioners in the field who will share successful strategies for prevention education and response to opioids on-campus.                   
Course Length
60 minutes
Course Type
On Demand

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