Deaths from drugs, alcohol, and suicide could account for 1.6 million fatalities over the coming decade (2016 to 2025) according to the report Pain in the Nation: The Drug, Alcohol and Suicide Epidemics and the Need for a National Resilience Strategy, released by the Trust for America's Health (TFAH) and Well Being Trust (WBT). From 2006 to 2015, there were 1 million deaths from these three causes. This would represent a 60 percent increase compared to the past decade, if recent trends hold. The study found, however, that these numbers may be conservative, especially with the rapid rise of heroin, fentanyl, and carfentanil use. If the nation continues along recent trajectories, death rates would actually double to 2 million by 2025.

Please join this Dialogue4Health Web Forum co-hosted by Wellbeing Trust and Trust for America's Health for a panel discussion with public health leaders as they highlight the report and the need for a national resilience strategy. The panelists will also discuss public health efforts underway, and there will be a Q&A to follow.

This event is recommended for anyone working in public health, advocacy, education, community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, hospitals, health systems, insurers, local and state health officials, and first responders. Registration is free and closed captioning is available to all attendees.


Benjamin Miller, PsyD

Chief Strategy Officer

Well Being Trust

Oakland, CA

A self-proclaimed “fragmentation fighter,” Ben has worked to redefine the national policy landscape for mental health and health care. He comes to Well Being Trust from the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, where he was the founding director of the Eugene S. Farley,…

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Dayna Bowen Matthew, AB, JD

William L. Matheson and Robert M. Morgenthau Distinguished Professor of Law

University of Virginia School of Law

Charlottesville, VA

Dayna Bowen Matthew, a leader in public health who focuses on racial disparities in health care, joined the Virginia faculty in 2017. She is the author of the book "Just Medicine: A Cure for Racial Inequality in American Health Care." Matthew previously served on the University of Colorado law faculty…

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Michael Botticelli

Executive Director, Grayken Center for Addiction Medicine

Boston Medical Center

Boston, MA

Michael Botticelli is the Executive Director of the Grayken Center for Addiction at Boston Medical Center and a Distinguished Policy Scholar at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Prior to this, Michael was the Director of National Drug Control Policy for the Obama Administration. He joined the White…

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Kat Allen

Coalition Coordinator, Partnership for Youth

Franklin Regional Council of Governments

Greenfield, MA

Kat Allen is the Coordinator for the Communities That Care Coalition of Franklin County and the North Quabbin, which works to promote the health and well-being of young people in 30 towns in rural Western Massachusetts. Under Kat’s nearly 14 years of leadership, the Communities That Care Coalition has worked…

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J. Nadine Gracia, MD, MSCE

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Trust for America’s Health

Washington, DC

J. Nadine Gracia, MD, MSCE Dr. J. Nadine Gracia is Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at TFAH, where she works in partnership with the president and CEO to develop and implement strategic policy priorities, and manages TFAH’s core business functions and internal operations. She has extensive leadership and…

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