On-Demand: In Pain: A Biophysicist’s Personal Struggle With Opioids Presented by Travis Rieder

Presenter: Travis Rieder

Originally Presented: October 19, 2021

Presentation Description: Grounded both in Travis’ personal experience as a trauma patient and in his perspective as a bioethicist, In Pain: A Bioethicist’s Personal Struggle with Opioids (both the book and this talk) is an exploration of the role of prescription opioids in medicine, and how to responsibly address the various impacts of America’s drug overdose crisis. Learning objectives: By the end of the presentation, audience members should be able to:
  1. Articulate the basic dilemma of opioid use;
  2. Understand the historical forces driving the dilemma;
  3. Identify ethical concerns raised by opioid use in America;
  4. Begin evaluating how to resolve a subset of those concerns in their own practice/communities.

About Travis Rieder: Travis N. Rieder, PhD is a philosopher and bioethicist at the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics, where he directs the Master of Bioethics degree program. Dr. Rieder has written and spoken on many topics, but his work has focused in recent years on the ethical and policy issues raised by America’s opioid crisis. On that subject, he has written widely for both the popular and peer-reviewed literature, given a TED talk that has been viewed more than 2 million times, and has published a book with HarperCollins titled In Pain: A Bioethicist’s Personal Struggle with Opioids.