CONVO: The Opioid Epidemic


CONVO: The Opioid Epidemic

Posted by Centre News in Convocations 09 Oct 2017
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Date(s) - 10/09/2017
7:00 pm

Young Hall - Auditorium (Room 113)


The Opioid Epidemic
Hiram C. Polk, M.D., commissioner of the Department of Public Health, will speak about recent efforts to address issues surrounding the current opioid epidemic. Dr. Polk has led the charge in establishing and expanding preventative programs such as early childhood education programs that stress the negative consequences of drug use. The PHC has also launched a mobile pharmacy that distributes Narcan, a drug that instantly reverses the lethal effects of opiate overdose, and offers testing for hepatitis C and HIV, saving lives across the commonwealth of Kentucky. Hiram Polk is an alumnus of Millsaps College and Harvard Medical School. He served as the Chair of Surgery at the University of Louisville or over 30 years. He has authored or co-authored more than 450 papers and journal articles, 152 textbook chapters, and 11 books. Polk trained more than 400 surgical residents, all of whom achieved board certification in general surgery.