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UofT Talks Presents Opioids: From Wonder Drug to Epidemic- Now What?

Institute of Medical Science

Thursday, 28 June 2018 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)

UofT Talks Presents Opioids: From Wonder Drug to...

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The journey of opioids in healthcare is tumultuous: starting as a wonder drug for pain management, it quickly spiraled into the opioid crisis currently sweeping our nation. On June 28th join UofT Talks for an engaging interdisciplinary dicussion on the history of the opioid crisis, its current impact, and steps we can take to address the epidemic in Canada. For more information: http://www.uofttalks.ca

Speakers: 

 

 

Nicole Ireland

 

 

Nicole Ireland: Ms. Ireland is a national reporter and producer for CBC News in Toronto. She specializes in reporting on health and social justice issues -- a passion that stems from her background in both health care and international development. Prior to becoming a journalist, Nicole worked as a communications officer for St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto and for UNICEF -- a role that took her to Sudan, Sri Lanka, and Lebanon to tell the stories of people affected by crisis.  Through those experiences, Nicole realized that her true calling was reporting, so she completed a graduate degree in journalism at Columbia University in New York. She then returned home to Canada to work for CBC News, where she has been a reporter in Iqaluit, Nunavut; Thunder Bay, Ontario; and Toronto. Nicole has been reporting on the opioid crisis in Canada since 2012, from stories on OxyContin's devastating effects on the streets of Thunder Bay and on remote First Nations to the emergence of fentanyl across the country, including Toronto.

 

Hance Clarke

 

Hance Clarke (MD, PhD): Dr. Clarke is the Director of Pain Services and the Medical Director of the Pain Research Unit and the Elhers Danlos Program at the Toronto General Hospital. Dr. Clarke has been recognized nationally and internationally for his research productivity and improvements to patient care such as the development of his novel Transitional Pain Program. His research interests include identifying novel acute pain treatments following major surgery, identifying the factors involved in the transition of acute postsurgical pain to chronic pain and identifying risk factors associated with continued opioid use and poor health related quality of life after major surgery.  He has authored more than 60 peer-reviewed manuscripts in the past five years, supervised more than 30 students. Dr. Clarke has also played a leading role in educating the Canadian public about pain control, risk factors for chronic opioid use, alternatives to opioids as a pioneering strategy at TGH, misconceptions about opioid use, and the need for further studies on understanding the beneficial and adverse effects of cannabis. He is a strong public champion of evidence-based solutions for the opioid crisis and a national pain and addictions strategy. In addition to his medical and further anesthesia training at University of Toronto (U of T), he received his PhD from the Institute of Medical Sciences at U of T and is a member of the Royal College Clinician Scientist Program.

 

David Juurlink

 

David Juurlink (MD, PhD): Dr. Juurlink is a staff internist and head of the division of Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology at Sunnybrook. He is professor and head of the division of Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology at the University of Toronto. He is also a medical toxicologist at the Ontario Poison Centre at the Hospital for Sick Children and a senior scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, where he maintains an active research program in the field of drug safety. 

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Isabel Bader Theatre
93 Charles Street West
Toronto, ON M5S 2C7
Canada

Thursday, 28 June 2018 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)


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