By: Krista Didzbalis '19
Rutgers School of Social Work, along with the nonprofit organization Help Not Handcuffs, will host a symposium on opioid addiction on Friday November 2, 2018 at 9 a.m.
The event will be held at the Pane Room in Alexander Library and hopes to examine Portugal's success in dramatically lowering its rate of overdose deaths and transmission of blood borne diseases associated with addiction, such as HIV and hepatitis.
The conversation will feature leader of Portugal’s drug policy and services administrator, Dr. João Goulão, and will be moderated by Dr. Kasia Malinowska, director of the Global Drug Policy Program at the Open Society Foundation.
Acclaimed panelist participants include nationally recognized psychologist Stanton Peele, and former commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Human Services and current staff at Pew Charitable trusts, Beth Connelly.
"Given the depth, scope and intensity of the opioid epidemic in New Jersey and the nation, this symposium will offer new ideas, expert thinking and successful evidence based approaches to policy and services to reduce morbidity, mortality and the devastating impact on children, families and communities that accompanies this epidemic," explains William Waldman, professor of professional practice at the SSW.