“The Brain and Recovery:
An Update on Neuroscience of Addiction”
Dr. Kevin McCauley
Nationally Renowned Addiction Specialist,
Noted Speaker & Award Winning Filmmaker
Our nation finds itself in an unprecedented moment in history where the leading cause of death in young people is no longer motor vehicle accidents but drug poisonings. The epidemic of opioid addiction, and the inevitable rise in opioid-related overdose deaths that goes with it, began with Opioid Pain Relievers (OPRs) but has quickly evolved to accelerating heroin use. Many current heroin users were initiated to opioids through prescriptions for chronic pain. The 2015 data by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Center for Healthcare Statistics (NCHS) indicates that this problem shows no signs of slowing, and in 2016 the CDC, following the lead of many other individual states, published prescribing guidelines for opioid pain reliever use for chronic pain.
This lecture describes the factors leading to the current opioid epidemic, how it has evolved over the last ten years, and the 2016 CDC guidelines meant to stop it. Join Kevin as he discusses the current findings on the neuroscience of addiction and recovery in this informal, question and answer session.
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