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Brandeis launches Opioid Policy Research Collaborative

Attendees watch a video at the OPRC launch

Brandeis University has launched a research collaborative to connect policymakers, state and federal health officials, private organizations and the media with the latest, relevant policy research that is needed to address the opioid addiction epidemic.

The Opioid Policy Research Collaborative (OPRC), co-directed by Andrew Kolodny and Peter Kreiner, is housed in the Schneider Institutes for Health Policy at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management. The launch was celebrated in an event on the Brandeis campus that included a film screening, a panel discussion moderated by Cynthia McFadden of NBC News, and remarks from Congresswoman Katherine Clark.

At the event, Kolodny said government and public health officials are trying to align policies and laws with the realities of the epidemic, but often “they’re shooting in the dark. We don’t yet know the best way to solve these problems.” 

“What are the right ways to try to prevent people from getting addicted? That’s what we want to study at the OPRC,” he said.

More than 100 people attended the launch celebration, which began with a screening of the HBO documentary, “Warning: This Drug May Kill You” at Wasserman Cinematheque. The documentary offers a shocking window into the lives of four opioid-addicted people and their immediate families.

In the panel moderated by McFadden after the screening, experts and the documentary’s creator discussed ongoing opioid policy and treatment needs.

Read more and view a slideshow from the event here.

Categories: Campus News
Date: November 28, 2017