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Lolita Griffin, M.Ed.

Lolita Griffin, M.Ed.

Odysseus Marcopolus

Odysseus Marcopolus

Covering the Opiate Epidemic

Amid the national outcry over an epidemic of opiate addictions and overdoses, and loud new debates over access to, coverage for and efficacy of medical and behavioral treatments, many journalists find themselves covering opiates more than ever before — and trying to develop new ways to pitch stories about substance use disorders. To help journalists and news organizations improve their coverage of all aspects of the current opiate crisis — and take more modern approaches to the age-old stories in substance use — WHYY is organizing a free two-day workshop “Covering the Opiate Epidemic.” The workshop is funded by the Thomas Scattergood Behavioral Health Foundation. WHYY has had a dedicated behavioral health reporter since 2008, and has established itself as a leading newsroom in terms of covering mental health.

The workshop will take place Nov. 18 and 19, at WHYY in Philadelphia, and will feature a range of local and national substance use disorder and mental health policy experts, researchers, as well as award-winning journalists who have covered this epidemic in-depth.

The first day of the workshop, Friday, Nov. 18, provides an immersion into the medical, scientific, political and social issues and trends involved in the opiate epidemic. Speakers include: Roland Lamb, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disability Services; Dr. Leana Wen, Commissioner of Health, Baltimore City; Dr. Carlos Blanco, Director of the Division of Epidemiology, Services and Prevention Research at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA); Joshua D. Lee MD, MSc, Associate Professor in Medicine and Psychiatry; Kathleen Myers, Ph.D, Treatment Research Institute; and Michael A. Ashburn, MD, MPH, MBA.

For further information, call 215-928-2459 during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., or email cslotman@whyy.org.

The Best Consultants to Help Treat Addiction Are People With Addictions

That’s according to Department of Behavioral Health Deputy Commissioner Roland Lamb, who took to NBC10 to promote the 2016 “Making a Difference” Recognition Dinner.