WOLA: Advocacy for Human Rights in the Americas

Responding to America’s Opioids Crisis

3:00 - 5:00 p.m. Thursday, 28 February 2019
1666 Connecticut Ave NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC, 20009


On average, 130 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. Illicitly produced synthetic opioids such as fentanyl and its analogues are playing an increasing role in this crisis, with fatal overdoses attributed to such drugs soaring from less than 3,000 in 2012 to more than 28,000 in 2017.

The Trump administration has claimed that a crackdown on illicit Chinese manufacturing of fentanyl and construction of a “wall” on the U.S.-Mexico border will stem the flow of illegal drugs and save lives.

What can actually be achieved by efforts to curtail supplies of opioids overseas and at the border? What domestic policies can make the biggest difference in reducing drug overdose deaths, especially in view of the growing role of fentanyl and other synthetic opioids?

Please join WOLA as we explore the scope of the U.S. overdose problem and the best mix of policies to address it, overseas and at home.

  Thursday, February 28

3:00 – 5:00 p.m. EST

Washington Office on Latin America

1666 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 400


Queen Adesuyi

Policy Coordinator, Office of National Affairs

Drug Policy Alliance

Andrea López

Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology

Researcher, Center for Substance Abuse Research

University of Maryland

Bryce Pardo

Associate Policy Researcher

RAND Corporation

Peter Reuter

Professor, School of Public Policy and Department of Criminology

University of Maryland


John Walsh

Director for Drug Policy and the Andes

Washington Office on Latin America