Kennedy Forum Conference Met and Discussed Latest in Mental Health, Addiction and Recovery

June 10, 2015

Featured Panel on the Opioid Crisis, its Impact on Communities and Individuals, and Strategies That Can be Used to Turn the Tide

Honorable Patrick J. Kennedy, founder of The Kennedy Forum and former Congressman (D-R.I.)

(Boston, MA, Wednesday, June 10, 2015) – From 2001 to 2013, there has been a three-fold increase in the number of deaths related to opioid overdoses, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The Kennedy Forum Conference returned to Boston to discuss the latest in mental health, addiction and recover and, this year, will feature a panel on the opioid crisis, its impact on communities and individuals, and strategies that can be used to turn the tide.

The Forum is the behavioral health policy organization founded by former Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy and brings together national leaders from government, public policy, advocacy and research to discuss the latest issues and trends in mental health, addiction and recovery.

Hon. Patrick J. Kennedy, founder of The Kennedy Forum and former congressman (D-R.I.), says we’re going in a positive direction in making strides for mental health and recovery, but that more needs to be done.

SOUNDBITE:

IT IS CLEAR TO ME THAT WE ARE FACING GREAT CHALLENGES AND GREAT OPPORTUNITIES WHEN IT COMES TO MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTION. WHAT WE NEED ARE COMPREHENSIVE, LONG-TERM SOLUTIONS THAT STEER OUR COUNTRY IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION, RATHER THAN QUICK FIXES THAT ARE INSUFFICIENT IN THE LONG-RUN. WORKING TOGETHER, WE CAN DO IT.

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