Covering the Opioid Crisis (March 2017)

Friday, March 3, 2017 - 9:00am-5:00pm

Every day in the United States, 44 people die as a result of prescription opioid overdose. Among people 25-65 years old, drug overdose caused more deaths in the U.S. than motor vehicle traffic crashes.

The Poynter Institute is offering a free one-day workshop in New York on March 3 to help journalists cover the unfolding story. Register here.

This is the first in a series of events Poynter will offer across the country in 2017. If you would like information about other upcoming training on covering health care issues, sign up here.

  • Location: Retro Report, in the Murray Hill/Midtown Manhattan area. The address will be sent to all applicants.
  • Check-in: 8:30 a.m.
  • Program: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Reception: 5-6 p.m.

You can follow along on Twitter using #CoveringOpioids.

The workshop will feature front-edge experts who will offer journalists the newest information about the size of the problem and keys to controlling it.


One City’s Response to the Opioid Crisis
Mark O’Brien, Director of Opioid Overdose Prevention and Treatment, City of Baltimore

Learning to Say ‘No’: How Hospitals are Trying to Resist Prescribing Opioids
Lewis Nelson, M.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

How Big Pharma Profited from Opioids
Harriet Ryan, Reporter, Los Angeles Times


What Changes in Obamacare Could Mean to the Opioid Crisis
Emily Feinstein, Director of Health Law and Policy, National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse
How the Opioid Crisis is Showing up in Insurance Claims
Ali Russo, Chief Information Officer, FAIR Health
(With more panelists to be announced)
Combating the Opioid Crisis: How Innovative Programs and Partnerships Can Help _Sherry Dubester, MD, MS, Vice President Behavioral Health and Clinical Programs at Anthem


Putting a Face on 216 Deaths in One County
Pat Beall, Reporter, Palm Beach Post

The Politics of Pain: Tracking Influence in Congress and Your Statehouse
Liz Essley Whyte, Reporter, Center for Public Integrity

This event is free thanks to the generous support of our sponsor: Blue Cross Blue Shield Association.