VIDEO: How a public health approach can cut opioid abuse, suicide risks


Reaching people at risk of opioid abuse and suicide will require a shift beyond a focus on treating individuals to a more comprehensive public health approach.

“The majority of people aren’t showing up at our treatment doors, so we have to have a very different approach if we’re going to reach everyone,” explained Arthur C. Evans Jr. PhD, chief executive officer of the American Psychological Association.

In an interview at an event sponsored by the Education Development Center and the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, Dr. Evans discussed effective strategies for taking a population-health treatment perspective.

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