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SUNY-Buffalo Historian Looks at History Behind Opioid Addiction

Image of pill bottlesNorwich ~ SUNY-Buffalo professor David Herzberg will look into today’s opioid problem in the context of other addition epidemics in a talk at Norwich Congregational Church on March 6 at 7:00 pm. His talk,The Opioid Crisis: A Historical Perspective,” is part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays lecture series and is free and open to the public.

Today’s opioid epidemic is usually portrayed as a new and shocking development. Yet it is only the most recent crisis in more than a century of widespread addiction to pharmaceuticals. Herzberg will tell the story of past epidemics of addiction and draw lessons from America’s long history of drug policy failures and occasional successes.

Herzberg is Associate Professor of History at SUNY-Buffalo. He is a historian of drugs and addictive medicines, with a particular interest in pharmaceutical sedatives, stimulants, and narcotics in the 20th century’s consumer culture. Among other places, his work has appeared in American Quarterly, the American Journal of Public Health, the Bulletin of the History of Medicine, and in a book, Happy Pills in America: From Miltown to Prozac (Johns Hopkins, 2009).

About First Wednesdays

The Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays series is held on the first Wednesday of every month from October through May in nine communities statewide, featuring speakers of national and regional renown. Talks in Norwich are held at Norwich Congregational Church (unless otherwise noted) and are hosted by Norwich Public Library and Norwich Historical Society. All First Wednesdays talks are free and open to the public. See the full schedule of Norwich First Wednesdays talks.

The statewide underwriters for the First Wednesdays 2018-2019 series are The Alma Gibbs Donchian Foundation, the Windham Foundation, and the Institute of Museum & Library Services through the Vermont Department of Libraries.

“The Opioid Crisis” is underwritten by Otto & Associates.

Norwich Public Library is sponsored by the Boatwright Foundation, Friends of the Norwich Public Library, The Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation, Mascoma Savings Bank
, Norwich Square Properties, Norwich Historical Society, and Jane W. Stetson and E. William Stetson III.

For more information, contact Norwich Public Library at 802.649.1184, or contact the Vermont Humanities Council at 802.262.2626 or , or visit www.vermonthumanities.org.

About Vermont Humanities Council

The Vermont Humanities Council seeks to engage all Vermonters in the world of ideas, foster a culture of thoughtfulness, and inspire a lifelong love of reading and learning. Because Ideas Matter.