Scholars Share Research on the Opioid Epidemic at the 6th Annual Vermont Center on Behavior and Health Conference
The 6th Annual Vermont Center and Behavior and Health (VCBH) Conference, October 11-12, organized by VCBH Director, Stephen Higgins, Ph.D., brought together scholars from leading universities and medical centers to discuss the opioid dependence epidemic, an issue that as rattled the entire nation to its core. Research on improving access to treatment and effective pain/addiction management were among the major priorities discussed at the two-day event.
The conference kicked off with an excellent keynote address given by Sharon Walsh, Ph.D., Director of the Center on Drug and Alcohol Research and Professor of Behavioral Science at the University of Kentucky. Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan gave powerful opening remarks on the second day, setting the tone for a strong last day of research sharing.
Among our notable presenters were Andrew Herring, M.D., Emergency Medicine Specialist, Alameda Health System; Jeffrey Samet, M.D., Chief, General Internal Medicine, Professor, Boston University Schools of Medicine and Public Health; Laura Fanucchi, M.D., Assistant Professor, University of Kentucky, and our own, Richard Rawson, Ph.D., Research Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Stacey Sigmon, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Psychological Sciences.
The presentations have been recorded and can be viewed here.