Substance abuse, whether nicotine, alcohol, opioid pain-killers or illicit drugs, is costly to our nation, exacting more than $700 billion annually in costs related to crime, lost work productivity and healthcare. Recently, the Surgeon General of the United States issued a comprehensive report on the problem, saying that rather than a moral failing, substance abuse disorders ought to be regarded as a chronic disease of the brain deserving of compassion and care. This session brings together a group of top experts to discuss the problem, especially the growing epidemic of opioid addiction, including the science behind substance dependency and addiction, the social and economic scope of its effects, the current approaches to treatment and the innovative new therapeutics in development.

Session ID: 24160