September 13, 2022

The Fentanyl Crisis: How to Keep Loved Ones Safe

Event Details

Date & Time

Tuesday, Sep 13, 2022 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM


UW-GU Health Partnership


Ballroom, John J. Hemmingson Center

Event Type & Tags

  • Academics

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About This Event

Next Generation Medicine Lecture:

Drug overdose deaths have reached record highs in the U.S., among teens and adults. One drug that is 50 times stronger than heroin and roughly 100 times stronger than morphine is largely responsible: illicitly made fentanyl. What is fentanyl? Why has it become so popular? Why is fentanyl such a deadly drug? How can we protect our loved ones and better support the health of our communities?

Dr. Caleb Banta-Green, Acting Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Health Sciences at the UW School of Medicine, and an Affiliate Professor at the UW School of Public Health, will discuss the answers to these questions and more. Banta-Green is an executive sponsor of Washington State’s Opioid Overdose Response Plan and served as a science advisor on overdose response to the director of the White House drug policy office.

A Q&A will follow Dr. Banta-Green's presentation. He will be joined by Misty Challinor, Division Director for Treatment Services, Spokane Regional Health District, Caleb Holtzer, MD, MPH, a family physician from Providence Health & Services, Chewelah, WA, and Amy Burns, MD, in psychiatry at Providence Sacred Heart, Spokane, WA, to discuss illicit fentanyl use in the Spokane area.

If you register for this event and cannot attend, we will send you a link to the recording.

Open to everyone. Admission is free. Registration required.

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