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U.S. Rep. Ann McLane Kuster and Dr. Nora Volkow join opioid crisis talks at Dartmouth

‘U.S. Rep. Kuster ’78 Joins Opioid Crisis Talks at Dartmouth’ (Dartmouth News– May 24, 2017 – Full Article)

U.S. Rep. Ann McLane Kuster ’78, founder and co-chair of the House Bipartisan Heroin Task Force, and Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), are coming to Dartmouth next week to hear about new treatment and prevention methods developed to confront the spike in opioid overdose deaths in New Hampshire.

“New Hampshire ranks in the top two in the country—neck-and-neck with West Virginia—for overdose deaths per capita,” says Lisa Marsch, director of the Dartmouth Center for Technology and Behavioral Health at the Geisel School of Medicine.

Geisel and the Center for Technology [and Behavioral Health] are hosting the May 30 conference, titled “Harnessing the Power of Science to Break the Cycle.”

Marsch will share findings from the center’s NIDA-funded “New Hampshire HotSpot Study,” which examined the social, medical, economic, and political factors at the root of the crisis through interviews with clinicians, emergency responders, and scores of opioid drug users. NIDA is a division of the National Institutes of Health.

Updated: Media coverage of the event:

Conference explores role of science in opioid crisis (Associated Press)

At Dartmouth Forum, Speakers Get Glimpse Into the Worlds of Opioid Users and First Responders (Valley News)

Discussion at Dartmouth Highlights Challenges in Opioid Crisis (New Hampshire Public Radio)

Researchers call for scientific approach to dealing with drug crisis (WMUR)

NH Rep. Annie Kuster, health professionals discuss tackling opioid crisis (WPTZ/WNNE)

Kuster Joins Regional and National Leaders at Dartmouth College to Discuss the Opioid Crisis (Congresswoman Kuster)

What Factors Led New Hampshire to Be Ground Zero for the Opioid Crisis? (NH Journal/Inside Sources)

Node welcomed NIDA Director, Congresswoman, Senator to discuss tackling NH’s opioid epidemic with science (The Northeast Node of the National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network)