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'The Opioid Crisis Goes Global' - A Conversation at GW Milken Institute School of Public Health

Event Date:

February 24, 2020 | 12:00 PM EST TO 1:30 PM EST


George Washington Milken Institute School of Public Health
950 New Hampshire Avenue NW
4th Floor Conference Room

Washington, DC 20052

The Purdue Pharma logo at its offices in Stamford, Conn., in 2007. Image by AP Photo/Douglas Healey. United States.

Governments have failed to learn the lessons of the American epidemic.

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Image by Channi Anand / AP Photo. India, 2019.
Image by Channi Anand / AP Photo. India, 2019.

On Monday, February 24, 2020, join Pulitzer Center grantee Claire Galofaro as she discusses the global impact of the opioid epidemic at the George Washington School of Public Health.

Writing for the Associated Press, with the help of the Pulitzer Center, Galofaro has examined the pharmaceutical industry's efforts to promote opioids abroad.

From Australia to Italy to China, the message broadcast is reminiscent of the one blamed for sparking the U.S. opioid epidemic: opioids are touted as safe and appropriate for long-term chronic pain, and the risk of addiction is downplayed. Public health experts warn that the epidemic could quickly become a pandemic if the world does not learn the lesson of the American disaster and act quickly to contain it.

Galofaro is a national writer for the Associated Press, covering politics, poverty, and rural America. She has been documenting the spiraling opioid epidemic since 2015.

This free event is organized as part of the Campus Consortium partnership between the Pulitzer Center and the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health. Register for the event today.


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