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Roundtable discussion looks at opioid epidemic

ALBANY - NewsChannel 13 was proud to help facilitate a special roundtable discussion on the opioid epidemic Tuesday evening.

Heading the event was Dr. Cheryl Healton. She's the dean of the College of Global Public Health at NYU.

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She's also part of a task force that authored the study "Bringing Science to Bear On Opioids."

"The most important things to do are to provide medication-assisted treatment for those who are opioid addicted. Without that treatment, for those who have opioid abuse disorder, they have a fairly high probability of dying through an accidental overdose or sadly through other depths of despair – such as suicide," Dr. Healton said.

Dr. Healton was brought in as part of WNYT and the Times Union's "Prescription for Progress" initiative.


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