Addiction & Opioids Program

Intersecting Pandemics: The Opioid Epidemic & Covid-19

This live webinar series was held in April 2021 and brought together researchers, social scientists, clinicians, and providers working in various areas of opioid crisis intervention in Ohio to share how COVID-19 impacts the opioid epidemic and what programs and initiatives are being created to combat the intersection of two public health crises.

This series was co-hosted by the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and Siegal Lifelong Learning Program.

This series was offered free of charge thanks to our generous sponsors ADAMHS Board of Cuyahoga County, Catholic Charities Diocese of Cleveland, Reneé and Kerry Chelm, and the Melissa Rae Fund of Siegal Lifelong Learning at CWRU If you would like to donate to the Melissa Rae Fund to make more programming like this available please donate here.

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 Please click here for recordings of the lectures from this series.


The State of Affairs: COVID-19 and the Opioid Epidemic in Ohio
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.  

Treatment and Community Interventions for Opioid Use Disorder
This webinar will be focused 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.  

Public Health, Prevention and Community Interventions
This Webinar will be showcasing the work of interdisciplinary, collaborative public health initiatives that are making substantial interventions into the drug overdose epidemic.

COVID-19, Opioid Use Disorder and Criminal Justice Reform
This webinar will discuss how COVID-19 has affected individuals incarcerated for substance use both nationally and in the Cuyahoga County jail, and what changes are needed to ensure their safety and continued access to treatment.


If you have any questions about this or future programs, please contact Sheryl Hirsh.