Region IX Women’s Health Webinar Series: The Opioid Crisis: How Gender Can Impact Solutions
Date: Thursday, August 3, 2017
Time: 2:00pm to 2:30pm Pacific Standard Time

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According to the Office on Women’s Health (OWH) 2016 White Paper, Use, Misuse and Overdose in Women, opioid use disorder is increasing at alarming rates for both men and women in the U.S.. While the epidemic is being addressed at many different levels, much still needs to be done. The prevalence of prescription opioid and heroin use among women is substantial. Between 1999 and 2010, overdose deaths from prescription pain killers increased more than 400% among women, compared to an increase of 237% among men; between 2002 and 2013, heroin use among women increased 100% compared to an increase of 50% among men. Yet, the differences in how it impacts women and men are often not very well understood. Region I OASH and OWH hosted a Region I Women and Opioids Invitational Symposium in October 2016 for teams from the 6 New England states to explore these issues.  Learn more about the many factors that affect a woman’s path to opioid misuse and opioid use disorder and how they can impact solutions.

Speaker: Laurie Robinson, HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health

Laurie Robinson, MTS, is the Public Health Advisor for Women’s Health in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Region I (New England). Laurie holds a Bachelor’s degree in environmental health and biology and a Masters in Theological Studies in feminist theology and bioethics. Before joining the federal government, she served as the Director of the Women’s Health Unit for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Laurie worked for ten years in the field of adult mental health with the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health both as the Director of a regional, 100 bed inpatient unit and rehabilitation program and later as the Director of Adult  Services for the Metro West Area of Massachusetts. She also served as the Wellness and Health Promotion Manager for El Rio Community Health Center.

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