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‘America’s Opioid Crisis – Origins, Economic Impact, Predictions’ – Sally Satel and Alex Brill, American Enterprise Institute

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‘America’s Opioid Crisis – Origins, Economic Impact, Predictions’ – Sally Satel and Alex Brill, American Enterprise Institute

October 23, 2020 @ 1:30 pm 2:30 pm

Please note the date and time of this webinar, as it is not our usual Thursday lunchtime event.

As the Coronavirus pandemic has swept across the country, it has intersected with another ongoing crisis – the opioid epidemic. This intersection has intensified the economic toll of America’s opioid crisis. The nationwide cost of lost lives, lost opportunity, lost productivity, increased treatment expenditures, and increased criminal justice system costs due to opioid misuse and overdose is staggering.

Join the National Economists Club as we host American Enterprise Institute experts, Sally Satel and Alex Brill in a discussion about the origins, evolution, addiction and treatment, and economic costs of the Opioid crisis in America.

REGISTRATION IS OPEN! A link to the webinar will be sent prior to the event (by 12:30pm EST, 10/23) to those who sign up. Registration will be open until 1pm, Friday, October 23, 2020. You should receive a confirmation email after registering. If not, contact the NEC for that or any other questions at A SEPARATE email will be sent the day of the event with the Zoom link for the webinar.

About our Speakers:

Alex Brill is a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where he studies the impact of tax policy on the US economy as well as the fiscal, economic, and political consequences of tax, budget, health care, retirement security, and trade policies. He also works on health care reform, pharmaceutical spending and drug innovation, and unemployment insurance reform. Brill is the editor of Carbon Tax Policy: A Conservative Dialogue on Pro-Growth Opportunities (2017) and the coauthor, with Alan D. Viard, of The Real Tax Burden: More Than Dollars and Cents (2011). He has testified numerous times before Congress on tax policy, labor markets and unemployment insurance, Social Security reform, fiscal stimulus, the manufacturing sector, and biologic drug competition. (Read more here)

Sally Satel, M.D., a practicing psychiatrist and lecturer at the Yale University School of Medicine, examines mental health policy as well as political trends in medicine. Her publications include PC, M.D.: How Political Correctness Is Corrupting Medicine (Basic Books, 2001); The Health Disparities Myth (AEI Press, 2006); When Altruism Isn’t Enough: The Case for Compensating Organ Donors (AEI Press, 2009); and One Nation under Therapy (St. Martin’s Press, 2005), coauthored with Christina Hoff Sommers. Her recent book, Brainwashed – The Seductive Appeal of Mindless Neuroscience (Basic, 2013) with Scott Lilienfeld, was a 2014 finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Science. (Read more here)


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