2018 AIHP Business Meeting Featuring History of Opioid Crisis Lecture by David Herzberg

AIHP Board Member David HerzbergMark your calendars for the annual AIHP Business Meeting webinar scheduled for Thursday, November 15, 2018, at 1:00 PM CST. The meeting webinar will feature a special live lecture by AIHP Board Member David Herzberg, a Professor of History at the University at Buffalo (SUNY), entitled “The Opioid Crisis in Historical Perspective: What We Can Learn From a Century of Addiction to Pharmaceuticals.”

Today’s opioid epidemic is usually portrayed as a new and extraordinary development. Yet it is only the most recent crisis in more than a century of widespread addiction to pharmaceutical sedatives, stimulants, and narcotics–from Bayer’s Heroin to Rorer’s Quaalude and more. Why has this problem been so prevalent, for so long? And why have we repeatedly “discovered” it as something new and surprising? In this talk, Professor Herzberg recovers the forgotten story of past epidemics of pharmaceutical addiction and draws lessons for today from America’s long history of policy failures and occasional successes.

The 2018 AIHP Business Meeting will also honor retiring AIHP Executive Director Greg Higby for his more than 35 years of dedicated service to the Institute. Stay tuned for more details and for instructions for accessing the webinar from your computer.

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