March 7-8: LINCS Panel Discussion on the Impact of the Opioid Epidemic on Adult Education

There has been a lot of recent news coverage about the causes and effects of the opioid epidemic, from all across America.   This week, both 60 Minutes and the New York Times ran pieces, looking at the role of the Food and Drug Administration, and how race has impacted different responses to the epidemic.  There has been $22 million in funding given to six states to aid in recovery efforts, under the National Health Emergency (NHE) Dislocated Worker Demonstration Grant.  As the country works to better understand and address the epidemic, adult educators and allies are part of the story. 

Join a LINCS panel discussion next Thursday, March 7th, and Friday, March 8th, to discuss how the epidemic is impacting your work in adult education, and share strategies and resources for working with your community to address these impacts.  We will be joined by long-time adult educator, Dr. Paul Jurmo, Ed.D., family & preventive medicine physician, Dr. Richard Bruno, M.D., and corrections specialist, Jeffrey Abramowitz, J.D. in examining the issues impacting our learners, families, and programs. 

No advance registration is required.  Login to your LINCS account on Thursday, March 7th and join us.  This event is being hosted in the Disabilities and Equitable Outcomes community, and will be cross-posted to the Career Pathways, Health Literacy, and Correctional and Re-entry Education communities.  Bring your questions for our esteemed panel, and share your experiences addressing this epidemic, and its impact on our country.


Mike Cruse

Disabilities and Equitable Outcomes Moderator




I hope you will consider engaging in this discussion. The opioid crisis is impacting all of us in many different ways. For our corrections and re-entry group, this data is especially staggering, "

A recent study in North Carolina found that in the first two weeks after being released from prison, former inmates were 40 times more likely to die of an opioid overdose than someone in the general population. When restricted to heroin overdoses only, formerly incarcerated individuals' likelihood of overdose death increased to 74 times the norm within the first two weeks after release. Even an entire year after release, overdose death rates remained 10-18 times higher among formerly incarcerated individuals as compared to the general North Carolina population.


Kathy Tracey

How do we ask questions during a panel discussion?  Is it through comments made on the discussion thread?  We are planning on participating in the Panel Discussion on the Impact of Opioid Epidemic on Adult Education.  Thank you.

Hi, Bonita -   Thanks for reaching out, and planning to join the discussion tomorrow.  Yes, if you're a LINCS member and part of one of the communities where it will be posted, you can just respond to the thread, which will open at 8AM EST.  It will be open for the two days of the panel, and the panelists will be responding to questions, and sharing resources.  I look forward to your participation.   Best, Mike Cruse