Opioids and Early Adversity: Connecting Childhood Trauma and Addiction

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Opioids and Early Adversity: Connecting Childhood Trauma and Addiction

Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are potentially traumatic events, such as abuse or neglect, that can have negative, lasting effects on health and well-being. This webinar will explore the connection between ACEs and the opioid epidemic. Speakers will discuss how ACEs can affect later substance misuse, including the intergenerational impacts on families. Experts and legislators will highlight potential policy options and innovative state strategies.

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Powerpoint Presentation | PDF file-35 pages


  • Melissa T. Merrick, Ph.D., behavioral scientist, Division of Violence Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Representative Cameron Sexton (R), Tennessee
  • Representative Ann Pugh (D), Vermont