Visiting Lecture Series: The Opioid Crisis

February 6, 2017

Challenges, Risks, and Opportunities


This panel presentation will discuss the current opioid health crisis that has cost hundreds of lives across the country, with the highest death tolls in BC and Alberta – Alberta seeing upwards of 400 deaths in 2016.

Faculty, staff and students will hear a panel presentation that will explain:

  • The current state of the opioid crisis
  • Underlying reasons and causes
  • Measures that have been taken and/or should be taken to address the crisis


This panel presentation will explain the concept of harm reduction and provide information about the harm reduction initiative currently underway in the city.

Panelists include:

Dr. Elaine Hyshka | Assistant Professor with the University of Alberta’s School of Public Health
Dr. Joanna Oda | Medical Officer of Health with Alberta Health Services, Edmonton Zone
Jordan Westfall | MPP, President of the Canadian Association of People Who Use Drugs
Holly Symonds-Brown | RN BNSc MSN, Assistant Professor, MacEwan University, BScN program
Margaret Milner | RN BNSc MSN, Assistant Professor, MacEwan University, Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Marliss Taylor | PNs, BNSc, Program Manager for the Streetworks program in Edmonton
Petra Schulz | M.Ed., Instructor, MacEwan University, Faculty of Health and Community Studies,
founding member of Moms Stop The Harm


RSVP to FHCSconferences@macewan.ca if you plan to attend.


Faculty of Health and Community Studies
MacEwan.ca/Community

Faculty of Nursing
MacEwan.ca/Nursing



Event Details

Date February 6, 2017
Start Time 3:30 p.m.
End Time 5:30 p.m.
Location Robbins Health Learning Centre, 10910 - 104 Avenue
Room 9-323 (Kule Theatre)
City Centre Campus
10700 – 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB
Event Type Lecture/speaker/presentation
Contact Person Carolynn Kane
Contact Phone 780-497-4699
Contact Email FHCSconferences@macewan.ca