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1/12/2018 - The Rise and Fall (?) of the Opioid Epidemic on February 6, 2018

On Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at 7pm in the Kingsley Room of the Southbury Public Library, Dr. Michael Saxe will give a presentation on the opioid epidemic.

Dr. Michael Saxe, an Emergency Physician with 32 years of experience in Connecticut, will explain the history of opioid drugs, the causes and impact of today’s opioid epidemic, and what must be done—by healthcare providers and laypeople—to end this deadly crisis. The opioid epidemic is claiming more American lives every year. In 2016, 64,000 Americans died from drug overdoses, more than the number of deaths from motor vehicle accidents and gun deaths combined. Dr. Saxe will review the history of opium and opioids, discuss the causes of today’s opioid epidemic, describe the roles of prescribers and patients, and detail how attendees can help end the opioid epidemic.

As a result of Dr. Saxe’s exposure to thousands of patients affected by the opioid epidemic, he has developed a special interest in the epidemic’s causes and solutions, and has spoken and written widely to audiences of healthcare professionals and lay people. He has also been active in creating guidelines and regulations regarding the prescribing of opioids and opioid addiction medications in statewide physician organizations and the Connecticut state government.

Like all Southbury Public Library programs, this presentation is free to attend and open to anyone regardless of town of residency. Space is limited and registration is required. Please call 203-262-0626 ext. 130 to register.


Contact: Elizabeth Kelly
Reference Librarian
Southbury Public Library
100 Poverty Road
Southbury, CT 06488
203-262-0626 ext. 133