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Opioid expert to speak at UB nursing event

The opioid epidemic will be the focus of the University at Buffalo School of Nursing’s 20th Annual Bullough Lecture presented by Peggy Compton, an associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania.

Compton will explore the overlap between pain and addiction disorders, how opioids can alter pain perception, strategies for responsibly prescribing pain medication and how to recognize substance use disorders in patients with chronic pain.

The lecture is scheduled for 3 p.m. Friday, March 31 in 403 Hayes Hall on the UB South Campus. The event is free and open to the public. To register, visit bit.ly/2iG282a prior to March 23.

Compton studies the pain responses of opioid-addicted individuals, and is an expert in detecting abuse and addiction among patients with chronic pain. Her research explores opioid addiction from a neurophysiological and clinical perspective with a focus on how the presence of pain affects its expression. More recently, she has studied pain-opioid interactions on immune cells.

Additional lectures will occur from 9:50 to 11:30 a.m. and will include Dr. Gale Burstein,  Erie County health commissioner, speaking about current policy for the opioid epidemic.

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