President’s Announcement Coincides with Kenan Institute Roundtable on Opioid Epidemic

Thursday, October 26, 2017

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This afternoon, President Trump is expected to formally declare the nation’s opioid abuse epidemic a public health emergency – just as proceedings get underway at the Kenan Center at an expert roundtable discussion on the same topic.

Economic Aspects of the Opioid Crisis, a roundtable discussion hosted by the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, will bring together top public health experts, economists, policymakers and business leaders for a look at the financial ramifications of the opioid epidemic at local, state and national levels.

With four North Carolina towns in the nation’s top 20 for opioid abuse – including Wilmington in the number one slot – the conversation is of special importance to state officials.  North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein and State Representative Greg Murphy (R-District 9) will participate in the roundtable event, which includes a keynote address by Anne Case, Ph. D., Alexander Stewart 1886 Professor of Economics and Public Affairs, Emeritus at Princeton University.  Dr. Case is a leading expert on the opioid crisis.

The Kenan Institute event coincides with an anticipated presidential memorandum by President Trump that will order Acting Secretary of Health and Human Services Eric Hargan to declare a nationwide public health emergency.  Such a declaration will allow federal agencies to use their emergency authority to reduce the number of deaths due to opioid overdose, and give states more flexibility in how they use federal funds to address the crisis.

Learn more about the Kenan Institute event.