News and Events

  • Researchers from the Opioid Policy Research Center will be presenting at the Masschusetts Health Policy Forum in Western Mass on Sep 6, 2019. This forum, “Addressing the Opioid Crisis in Small and Rural Communities in Western Massachusetts,” at the UMass Amherst Campus Center will focus on the numerous ways in which the Opioid crisis has impacted Western Massachusetts, with particular attention paid to the social and economic consequences on employers and small and rural communities. Unique challenges and innovative solutions will be highlighted. A detailed agenda and email invitation will be distributed shortly.

OPRC in the News


  • Andrew Kolodny partners with Mediaplanet to collaborate on their Opioid Awareness campaign. The campaign highlights resources for those directly affected and their loved ones regarding prevention, pain management, treatment and recovery from opioid misuse. The campaign was distributed through USA TODAY on March 27, 2019 and is published online.
  • Andrew Kolodny, Co-Director of the Opioid Policy Research Collaborative will be presenting, Autopsy of a Man-made Epidemic: Lessons to Prevent Future Public Health Catastrophes, at the 2019 Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit on April 23, 2019 in Atlanta, GA.
  • Peter Kreiner, Co-Director of the Opioid Policy Research Collaborative will be presenting, Trajectories of PDMP-Based Patient Risk Indicators and Likelihood of Overdose Death, at the 2019 Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit on April 23, 2019 in Atlanta, GA.
  • Aetna interviews Andrew Kolodny for its prescriber education program, a partnership with Alosa Health, published on Apr 17, 2019
  • At the Angel of Hope Gala on April 11, 2019 Partnership for a Drug Free New Jersey will be presenting an award honoring the work of Andrew Kolodny, co-director of the Opioid Policy Research Collaborative.
  • On April 2, 2019 Andrew Kolodny will be a panelist on the Hot Buttons, Cool Conversations Discussion Series hosted by Jonathan Samen.  The event, sponsored by JCC Greater Boston will  be a discussion on America's Opioid Addiction.  It will be 7:30-9:00pm. Tickets and additional information.
  • The Sackler family, philanthropy, and Purdue Pharma. Andrew Kolodny comments on how they are related to the current opioid epidemic, published on March 22, 2019.  
  • Andrew Kolodny interview February 24, 2019 on 60 Minutes. Did the FDA Ignite the Opioid Epidemic? 
  • Andrew Kolodny is presenting, The Opioid Crisis: Rethinking Policy and Law, sponsored by the American University Washington College of Law on Friday, February 22, 2019. 
  • James Freeman hosts DeepDive on Fox Nation, Friday, January 25, 2019 in New York.  Andrew Kolodny is among a panel of experts discussing the opioid crisis.

Event Archives

  • Andrew Kolodny will speak at the Harvard Medical School event "The US Opioid Epidemic: Where Do We Go From Here?" on September 14, 2018 from 12:30-2:00pm in Boston, MA. 
  • Andrew Kolodny addressed the National Governors Association Conference Friday, July 20, 2018 in Sante Fe, NM.
  • Understanding the Opioid Crisis: 
    A Timely Discussion with Andrew Kolodny, MD
    Tuesday, June 5
    Boston, MA
    The United States is in the midst of an opioid crisis: more than 100 Americans die every day from overdosing on opioids. 
    Join Dr. Andrew Kolodny, one of the nation's leading experts on the prescription opioid and heroin crisis, for a timely presentation and discussion. Dr. Kolodny is co-director of the Opioid Policy Research Collaborative at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. He is also the executive director of Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing, an organization with a mission to reduce morbidity and mortality caused by overprescribing of opioid analgesics.
    A Q&A will follow Dr. Kolodny's presentation.  Hosted by Brandeis Alumni Association.
  • Wednesday, February 28, 2018, Andrew Kolodny, MD, Co-Director of the OPRC testified before the Committee on Energy & Commerce, Subcommittee on Health U.S. House of Representatives hearing. 
  • November 16, 2017, the OPRC celebrated its launch at Brandeis University by hosting two events:
    • film screening & expert panel discussion on HBO’s “Warning: This Drug May Kill You,” held at the Wasserman Cinematheque. Panelists included film producer Perri Peltz, the OPRC’s Andrew Kolodny, Secretary of Massachusetts Health & Human Services Marylou Sudders, and Dr. Myechia Minter-Jordan, CEO of Dimock. The expert panel was moderated by NBC’s Cynthia McFadden and can be viewed here.
    • dinner and salon-style conversation at the Brandeis University Faculty Club. The dinner convened various stakeholders in the opioid epidemic, with remarks from Congresswoman Katherine Clark and Senator Ed Markey
      Click here for more information & photos of the OPRC Launch

2019 News

  • In interview with WBUR Andrew Kolodny comments on the Care Zone van at North Station in Boston, MA, June 12, 2019. 
  • Eyewitness News Anchor, Diana Williams will host a WABC-TV special program Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 7:00PM, Protect Our Children: The Opioid Crisis.  As part of the program she will interview Andrew Kolodny, co-director of the Opioid Policy Research Collaborative (OPRC) at the Heller School, Brandeis University. 
  • Cummings to Reveal Witnesses for Drug Pricing HearingAndrew Kolodny comments on price hikes, published January 14, 2019.
  • Former Insys CEO Pleads Guilty to Bribery Scheme. Doctors, pharmacists, and other medical professionals caught up in a marketing scheme.  Andrew Kolodny weighs in on the investigations, published January 9, 2019.

2018 News

2017 News