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The Opioid Epidemic

Opioids are a group of chemicals that include natural opiates derived from the poppy (morphine and codeine) and synthetic opioids made in labs, such as oxycodone and fentanyl. By 2010, enough opioids were prescribed in America to medicate every man, woman and child around the clock for a full month every year.

Opioid Addiction in Women

Opioid addiction has increased at alarming rates for both men and women in the United States. Opioids include both illicit drugs, such as heroin and street fentanyl, and prescription medications such as oxycodone, codeine and morphine. 

HH&S Newsletter (Fall 2020)

Our fall newsletter featured democracy in a lead role; the 2020 Sentinel Awards gone virtual; Mandy Moore of NBC’s “This Is Us” talking about her character’s “terrifying journey” dealing with Alzheimer’s; how Black women had Georgia on their minds; and Serena Williams investing in moms and babies.

HH&S Newsletter (Summer 2020)

The summer newsletter looks at how to shoot a bedroom scene in a pandemic; our popular series of webinar talks on topics related to COVID-19 wraps up; LeBron James flexes some voting muscle; the lesson of Chernobyl; the latest on the 2020 Sentinel Awards

COVID-19 Webinars

Hollywood, Health & Society (HH&S), in partnership with the Writers Guild of America, presented a timely series of online conversations on topics related to the pandemic, bringing together storytellers and experts. The popular series of evening webinars, held every Tuesday, covered topics in the age of COVID-19 such as addiction, Black maternal health, criminal justice, older adults and caregiving, mental health, reproductive rights, and lupus and hydroxychloroquine.

HH&S Newsletter (Summer 2019)

The latest newsletter showcases our work—with panel discussions on racism and childbirth, addiction and mental illness; a briefing with Mindy Kaling's creative team for a new Netflix show; interviews about reproductive rights and nuclear risk; "Better With Age" at the ATX Television Festival, and so much more!