Addiction & Opioids Program

Intersecting Pandemics: The Opioid Crisis & Covid-19

This live webinar series brings together researchers, social scientists, clinicians, and providers working in various areas of opioid crisis intervention in Ohio to learn about how COVID-19 is impacting the opioid epidemic and what programs and initiatives are being created to combat the intersection of two public health crises.
This series is co-hosted by the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

Tuesdays, April 6-27 | 10 a.m. - noon ET

Free and open to the community. Possible CEU credit available.


Tuesday, April 6 | 10 a.m. - noon ET
The State of Affairs
David Streem, MD, Chair of Opioid Consortium and Lutheran Cleveland Clinic Hospital's Chief of Psychiatry and Medical Director of the Alcohol and Drug Recovery Center
This webinar will examine the opioid overdose data in Ohio since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic and highlight interdisciplinary and cohesive public health approaches to mitigating the damage of these intersecting crises.  

Tuesday, April 13 | 10 a.m. - noon ET
Treatment and Community Interventions for Opioid Use Disorder
Lulu Zhao, MD, Assistant Professor of Reproductive Biology and Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Attending Physician, Department of OB/GYN-General OB/GYN University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center 
This webinar will focus on how COVID-19 has impacted providing substance use treatment to vulnerable populations, such as mothers with opioid use disorder, and how programs across the state of Ohio are adapting to address these challenges.  

Tuesday, April 20 | 10 a.m. - noon ET
Healthcare, Treatment and Community Interventions
David Pan The Center for Health Care Services, San Antonio Texas
This webinar will showcase the work of interdisciplinary, collaborative public health initiatives that are making substantial interventions into the drug overdose epidemic.  

Tuesday, April 27 | 10 a.m. - noon ET
Criminal Justice Reform
Lisa Fair, External Forensic Coordinator, Expanding Medication-Assisted Treatment Program (ExAM Program), Cuyahoga County Corrections Center and MetroHealth Office of Opioid Safety
This webinar will discuss how COVID-19 has affected individuals incarcerated for substance use in the Cuyahoga County jail, and what changes are needed to ensure their safety and continued access to treatment.  

If you have any questions, please contact Sheryl Hirsh.