2021 Symposium Special Session: Covering the opioid epidemic

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Thursday, October 21, 2021
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12:45pm to 1:15pm PDT
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Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute
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Lenny Bernstein, a nationally recognized leading Washington Post journalist will discuss what he has learned covering the opioid epidemic and will share how scientists and educators can work more effectively with the media.


Lenny Bernstein Reporter, The Washington Post

Lenny Bernstein

The Washington Post

Lenny Bernstein covers health and medicine for the Washington Post, where he has been a reporter and editor for the past 21 years. He also worked for the Hartford Courant and Los Angeles Times after graduating from the University of Michigan. Prior to the pandemic, he focused on the opioid epidemic, winning numerous awards—including an Emmy in conjunction with “60 Minutes”—for investigative work that showed how the pharmaceutical industry and Congress worked together to thwart the DEA’s battle against the illegal diversion of prescription narcotics. He traveled to Liberia to report on the Ebola epidemic and has written extensively about the U.S. transplant system. During the pandemic he has been written numerous stories about the struggles of hospitalized patients and frontline caregivers, visiting ICUs around the country. He has three adult children and lives in Potomac, Maryland, with his wife Suzanne, a psychologist.

Esther Ting Memorial Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Stanford University

Keith Humphreys

Stanford University

Keith Humphreys is the Esther Ting Memorial Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. His research addresses the prevention and treatment of addictive disorders, the formation of public policy and the extent to which subjects in medical research differ from patients seen in everyday clinical practice. He served as a drug policy advisor in the Bush and Obama White Houses, and currently advises many state and national governments on how scientific evidence can inform policies regarding addiction and other psychiatric disorders. Dr. Humphreys has been extensively involved in the formation of public policy, having testified to Congress on multiple occasions, and having served as a member of the White House Commission on Drug Free Communities, the VA National Mental Health Task Force, and the National Advisory Council of the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.