Video: VHREF “The Opioid Entanglement” Panel Discussion

The Virginia Hospital Research & Education Foundation (VHREF) on Sept. 26, 2017 hosted a free public event featuring a renowned author, elected leaders, law enforcement personnel, members of the health care community, and others for a lecture and panel discussion on responding to the opioid epidemic. “The Opioid Entanglement: A National Perspective on the Commonwealth’s Crisis” program held on the VCU Health System Medical Campus featured a keynote lecture by Sam Quinones, critically-acclaimed author of the 2015 book “Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic.” The event attracted an audience of roughly 350 people. This is a recording of the panel discussion portion of the program that featured Quinones; Dr. Nicolas C. Restrepo, Vice President of Medical Affairs at Valley Health System’s Winchester Medical Center; Dr. A. Omar Abubaker, Professor and S. Elmer Bear Chair of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the VCU School of Dentistry; Dr. Heidi Best, Emergency Department Medical Director at Sentara Princess Anne Hospital; the Honorable Dr. William A. Hazel Jr., Virginia Health and Human Resources Secretary; Dr. Lora Peppard, Associate Professor at George Mason University and Project Director for the Virginia SBIRT; Captain Timothy P. Ring, Division Commander for the Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Richmond Field Office, with the Virginia State Police; and the Honorable Bryce Reeves of the Virginia Senate.