First and Last Name/s of Presenters

Nicole GiordanoFollow


Dr. Moras, Dr. Jareb

Participation Type


College and Major available

College of Nursing


University Commons

Start Day/Time

4-24-2019 2:00 PM

End Day/Time

4-24-2019 5:00 PM


Apr 24th, 2:00 PM Apr 24th, 5:00 PM

The Impact of the Opioid Epidemic: Historical, Healthcare and Societal Perspectives

University Commons

The opioid epidemic is currently one of the biggest crises that the United States is experiencing. This epidemic has impacted the United States in many ways, all of which can be divided into three perspectives: historical, healthcare, and societal. Historically, the invention of opioid medications was a revolution in pain medication, but their widespread use has caused a continuous cycle of overuse and misuse, followed by a state of panic and fear, and then reacceptance. From a healthcare perspective, there have been many different implications in healthcare regarding the prescribing, dosing, and misuse of opioid medications both within the hospital network and in the communities they serve. From the societal perspective, the opioid epidemic has had many impacts including the stigma that surrounds opioids and opioid users, as well as the roles of family and the media. This research highlights not only where we have been, but where we are today and the implications for the future. By being aware of how the opioid epidemic is affecting the individual, healthcare and society, we can make positive changes such as erasing the stigma surrounding opioid addiction, supporting families affected by addiction, and reforming current healthcare policies. Analysis of historical, healthcare and societal perspectives show how the opioid epidemic has evolved and the impact it has had on healthcare and society as a whole.


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