Commissioner's Medical Grand Rounds: Prescription Drug Abuse & Pain Management

There is currently a growing epidemic of prescription drug abuse. The unprecedented rise in overdose deaths parallels a 300% increase since 1999 in the sale of potent opioid pain medications. These drugs were involved in 14,800 overdose deaths in 2008, more than cocaine and heroin combined (CDC data). This Grand Rounds will focus on understanding the scope of the problem, the basic science behind opioid prescriptions, factors contributing to the spread of this epidemic and strategies for containment including the New York State Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) and I-STOP initiative.

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Session details:


  • Howard A. Zucker, M.D., J.D., Acting Commissioner of Health for the New York State Department of Health


  • Lewis S. Nelson, M.D., Professor and Vice Chair For Academic Affairs in the Department of Emergency Medicine at New York University School of Medicine, and Associate Medical Director of the New York City Poison Control Center
  • Terence J. O'Leary, Esq., Director of the NYSDOH Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement


  • October 23rd, 2014 6:00 - 8:00pm
    New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street, New York, NY, 10029