Paul Offit tackles the timely topic of the opioid epidemic in the United States by first detailing the rich history of opium usage, which dates back thousands of years. While opioid addiction has long been a concern, Offit goes on to argue that our current crisis stems from the modern-day medical profession’s over-willingness to prescribe painkillers.
Paul A. Offit, MD is the Director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia as well as the Maurice R. Hilleman Professor of Vaccinology and a Professor of Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a recipient of many awards including the J. Edmund Bradley Prize for Excellence in Pediatrics from the University of Maryland Medical School, the Young Investigator Award in Vaccine Development from the Infectious Disease Society of America, and a Research Career Development Award from the National Institutes of Health.
This lecture took place at CSICon Las Vegas on Friday, October 28th, 2016.