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    USC's Visions & Voices presents:
    Addiction in America

    1/24/2017

    When: Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at 7:00 PM
    Where: Doheny Memorial Library, Room 240
    3550 Trousdale Parkway
    Los Angeles, CA 90089

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    America represents 5 percent of the world’s population but consumes 50 percent of the world’s prescription pills and more than 80 percent of the world’s prescription narcotics. Both licit and illicit use of these highly addictive substances leads to tragic consequences, including death, in nearly every community in America. Filmmaker Sasha Knezev and Dr. Gregory A. Smith, MD, explored this wicked problem in the documentary films American Addict and American Addict 2: The Big Lie, which reveal the relationships between the FDA, big pharma, physicians, and the media that lead to rising rates of addiction and unnecessary deaths. Smith and Knezev will join USC professor and health-policy expert Dana Goldman for a critical conversation about the American addiction epidemic, and what it might take to save lives. The conversation will be moderated by Avelardo Valdez, professor at the USC Dworak-Peck School of Social Work.

    The Provost’s Series on Wicked Problems brings together special guests and USC faculty to discuss the most intractable, multifaceted problems of our time. The series was established by Provost Michael Quick in 2016 out of a belief that institutions of research and higher education must take on “wicked problems” through interdisciplinary collaboration and the education of a new generation of leaders and innovators who just might create the solutions the world needs.

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