Addictions, Drug & Alcohol Institute

RECORDING AVAILABLE: Fentanyl Epidemic Townhall, March 23, 6pm (in-person & virtual)

Fentanyl epidemic townhall. Get the facts, End the stigma. Take action.

March 23, 2023 | 6-7:30pm PT | View recording
Pacific Northwest University, Butler-Haney Hall 
200 University Parkway Yakima, WA 98901

Hear directly from experts in Washington State as they share their role in preventing fentanyl overdose.

Drug overdose is a growing public health crisis in Yakima County. In 2021, 98 sons, daughters, wives, husbands — community members — died of a drug overdose, a 34% increase from the 73 deaths reported in 2020. The majority of those overdose deaths involved opioids, specifically fentanyl.

Dr. Caleb Banta-Green, director of the UW Center for Community-Engaged Drug Education, Epidemiology and Research (CEDEER) at ADAI and Acting Professor at the UW Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Addictions, Drug & Alcohol Institute and an Affiliate Professor at the UW School of Public Health, will discuss the impact illicitly-made fentanyl has had on our communities, from the science behind opioid addiction to the emergence of synthetic opioid drugs like fentanyl.

He will be joined in a panel discussion by local treatment providers, Dr. Gillian Zuckerman and Marc Shellenberger, and YPD detective Erik Horbatko and a Q & A moderated by the Honorable David Elofson.

This event has passed. Watch the recording here!