Feb. 16: Local experts to discuss 'Oregon on Opioids'

OHSU-PSU School of Public Health's second "Public Health Portland Style” forum to highlight personal stories of addiction, next steps in preventing local opioid epidemic


More than 52,000 Americans died from a drug overdose in 2015. Approximately 63 percent of these cases involved prescription or illegal opioids. While this epidemic runs rampant nationwide, its effects continue to be felt here at home. In Oregon, 422,000 residents filled 963,000 opioid prescriptions in just the third quarter of 2016 alone.

Media are invited to attend "Oregon on Opioids,” the second installment of Public Health Portland Style, to learn more about the state's prescription opioid problem, hear stories of personal opioid addiction, and consider next steps to help address the problem.

Hosted by the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health, the forum will feature the following speakers:

  • Dwight Holton, chief executive officer, Lines for Life
  • Anandam Hilde, M.D., fellow, Department of Psychiatry, OHSU
  • Knute Buehler M.D., Oregon State Representative

Opportunities for photos, video and comments from presenters and attendees will be available.


Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.


Lucky Lab, 1945 N.W. Quimby Street, Portland, OR

Media interested in attending should RSVP to Tracy Brawley at 503-494-8231 or [email protected]. Interviews prior to the event are available upon request.


Public Health Portland Style is a monthly series, hosted by the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health, designed to open dialogue about key issues that affect residents of Oregon and Southwest Washington.

The presentations will feature timely topics about public health issues such as health care reform, homelessness and gun violence.

Public Health Portland Style takes place the third Thursday of each month. The event is free and open to the public; minors also are invited to attend.

Additional details available here.

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