Dr. Rich, Director of the COBRE on Opioids and Overdose co-chairs the Emerging Research on Addiction and Overdose session at the 2021 Rhode Island IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence.
Prior to the COVID pandemic, the overdose epidemic in the United States was the worst public health crisis in a century. Since COVID, the epidemic has gotten much worse in many regions of the country. Addiction and overdose are complex and urgent challenges that demand a robust and timely response. This session will cover a wide range of innovative research areas including treatment of opioid use disorder, risk reduction, relapse prevention and community responses. The dynamic format of response to questions, scientific presentations and moderated discussion with audience input promises to be engaging, informative and thought provoking.