Heroin, Fentanyl, Cocaine, Methamphetamine, Polydrug Overdose Crisis: Lessons from 50 Years of Research Work in This Area

10:45 AM
12:00 PM
Potomac C


Overdoses are poorly understood and tragic and have become increasingly common over the past 50 years. Prevention works and is 100% effective in those for whom it works. It is inexpensive, safe, non-addicting and effective at saving lives. We face a complex and ever-evolving substance misuse and overdoses crisis. Treatments for substance use disorder, such as medication assisted treatment, are limited by poor adherence to treatment recommendations and relapse. This session explores the complexities of the overdose crisis as well as the treatment and prevention approaches to solving it.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:
1. Understand the public health challenge posed by the substance use disorder epidemic.
2. Understand the treatment approach, including medication assisted treatment, and its limitations.
3. Rather than waiting for a person to hit rock bottom, understand that prevention raises the bottom.


Dr. Mark S. Gold, MD
Professor, Washington University School of Medicine
CADCA Board of Directors