The Opioid Epidemic: A National Emergency

Is it possible to stop the opioid epidemic? Leading public health, law enforcement, and clinical experts recently met at Emory University Hospital to discuss the national opioid epidemic from a multidisciplinary perspective–from its causes to what it means for our country’s future. Watch video (free online CME)

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the current opioid epidemic
  2. Understand the possible causes and the public health response to the problem
  3. Draw a parallel between the response to HIV and the response to addiction


  • David Serota, MD – Emory University Infectious Diseases Fellow
  • Jack Killorin – Director, Atlanta-Carolinas High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA)
  • Christina A. Mikosz, MD, MPH – Medical Officer, Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)
  • Carlos del Rio, MD – Professor of Medicine and Global Health, Emory University

According to guest speaker Jack Killoran (HIDTA), Atlanta continues to be the primary distribution hub for transnational criminal organizations in Mexico and drug-trafficking organizations operating east of the Mississippi River. The state of Georgia has:

  • The world’s busiest airport (Hartsfield-Jackson)
  • One of the top 10 fastest growing ports in the world (Savannah)
  • +1,200 miles of roadways
  • +5,000 miles of tracks



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Emory Department of Medicine
Emory Department of Medicine
The Emory University Department of Medicine, within the Emory University School of Medicine, is steeped in a rich tradition of excellence. Through the work of its nine divisions and numerous centers and institutes, the department has pioneered discoveries in medicine, education, scientific and clinical investigation, and clinical care. Emory University School of Medicine's medical school, residency, transitional-year, and fellowship programs offer students the latest knowledge in treatment practices, scientific theories, research, and patient care. The Emory University Department of Medicine is a component of the Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center of Emory University, which includes the Emory schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health; Yerkes National Primate Research Center; Winship Cancer Institute; and Emory Healthcare.

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