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Confronting the Opioid Crisis in Mississippi

Science panel discussion on the opioid epidemic. Open to the public.

The rapid increase in the use of strong prescription and non-prescription painkillers in the U.S. and Canada since the late 1990s has led to today’s opioid epidemic. Opioids, which include OxyContin, Percocet, Vicodin, and fentanyl, can cause respiratory failure and death in high doses. Mississippi is well on its way to becoming known as the most addicted state in the country. Today’s panelists will discuss opportunities and ideas for curbing this crisis.


  • Ben Banahan, Director of the Center for Pharmaceutical Marketing and Management at the University of Mississippi and Project Director of the Mississippi Medicaid Evidence-Based Drug Utilization Review Program.
  • Clint Crawford, Director of Addiction Services at Lifecore Health Group in Tupelo.
  • Chad Clardy, business director of Mid-South for Addiction Campuses in Tupelo
  • Randy Wadkins, Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Mississippi.

When: 2:00 pm Friday, April 20, 2018
Where: Overby Center auditorium in Farley Hall, University of Mississippi