19th Annual Stone Legislative Policy Day November 3 explores opioid epidemic

James Stone with students
James L. Stone talks with students at Legislative Policy Day
On November 3, students in Syracuse University’s School of Social Work will explore the opioid epidemic, including the widespread nature of the crisis, state, local, non-profit and advocacy responses, and next steps for addressing it at the 19th Annual James L. Stone Legislative Policy Forum. The day-long event will explore:

  • Dimensions of the opioid epidemic – including its prevalence and the impacts across persons with opioid use disorders, families, service providers and the larger community;
  • Causes – including availability of prescription pain-relief drugs, marketing practices of pharmaceutical companies, declines in the price of heroin, use of fentanyl;
  • Implications of public health/harm reduction approaches;
  • Why, in contrast to criminal justice/sanctioning approaches of prior decades, substantial agreement exists that today’s drug crisis primarily requires public health responses;
  • How state and local policies shape social work practice and professional responses, across many domains: behavioral health, public health, criminal justice, education and hospitals;
  • Next steps for addressing the crisis in Central New York.