Opioid Misuse and Addiction Among Older Adults

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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina 2018 Transforming Health Series

"Opioid Misuse and Addiction Among Older Adults."

Executive Director of Research for the Optimal Aging Institute at Bowling Green State University and Interim Chair of the Department of Human Services

Nancy Orel

Thursday, October 18

11:30 a.m.  - 12:45 p.m.

Dickson Foundation Lecture Hall Leon Levine Hall Room 103

1179 State Farm Road
Boone, North Carolina

In 2017, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that opioid overdose death rates increased the most in adults aged 55-64 and adults between the ages of 45-54 had the highest death rate from drug overdose. Few national efforts are in place that specifically address the impact of the opioid crisis on middle-aged and older adults. This session will discuss opioid misuse, abuse and dependency among this population and the prevention education strategies that have been developed to address it. 

Dr. Orel, Professor Emeritus of Gerontology at Bowling Green State University, earned both her Master’s degree in Guidance and Counseling and her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, from the University of Toledo. Prior to joining the faculty at Bowling Green, Orel was the Executive Director of the Washtenaw County Council on Aging in Michigan.

This is a free event and open to the public.