Hackensack Meridian med school, Seton Hall U. to present opioid conference

NUTLEY, NJ — Experts from Seton Hall University and Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine will host a virtual conference on Friday, 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,’’ Hackensack Meridian Health CEO Robert C. Garrett said. “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 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nearly 450,000 people died from overdoses involving both prescription and illicit opioids from 1999 to 2019, according to the CDC.

The conference features keynote speaker Beth Macy, an award-winning journalist and the New York Times bestselling 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.

“Recovery from Opioid Use Disorders: State-of-the-Art Science to Advance Clinical Care” will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Continuing education credits will be offered to health care professionals. To register for the event and to learn more about the agenda and speakers, visit www.shu.edu/recovery-from-opioid-use-disorders-conference.cfm.