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Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine and Seton Hall University Opioid Conference to Feature Addiction Experts Working to Combat National Crisis

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The July 30 virtual conference is part of a three-year grant to train clinicians to prescribe medications to treat addiction.
"This is the product of three years of highly collaborative interprofessional work into training future clinicians to be best prepared to combat this epidemic," said Kathleen Neville, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN, associate dean of Graduate Studies and Research at the Seton Hall College of Nursing.

Experts from Seton Hall University and Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine will host a virtual conference July 30 to address the record number of opioid deaths in the nation, treatment options and training clinicians to prescribe addiction medication.

The virtual conference, "Recovery from Opioid Use Disorders: State-of-the-Art Science to Advance Clinical Care," will cap a three-year federal grant shared between the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine, the Seton Hall University College of Nursing, and the Seton Hall University School of Health and Medical Sciences.

"The opioid epidemic is one of our nation's greatest health challenges,'' said Robert C. Garrett, FACHE, the chief executive officer of Hackensack Meridian Health. "We are deeply committed to expanding access to care for addiction and mental health issues, better coordinating care and innovating treatment.''

More than 93,000 Americans died of drug overdoses last year, a staggering record that reflects a nearly 30 percent increase from 2019, according to the CDC. Nearly 450,000 people died from overdoses involving both prescription and illicit opioids from 1999-2019, according to the CDC.

The conference features keynote speaker Beth Macy, an award-winning journalist and the New York Times best-selling author of Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors and the Drug Company that Addicted America, as well as industry leaders in the field of opioid-use disorders. Experts will discuss compelling research and treatment protocols considered best practices.

"This is the product of three years of highly collaborative interprofessional work into training future clinicians to be best prepared to combat this epidemic," said Kathleen…
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