Dr. Hasbrouck Moderates at the White House Making Healthcare Better Series on Substance Use Disorders Event

“This is a public health issue. Substance use disorders are not moral failings. It is not something that we can arrest and incarcerate our way out of.”

                                                - Michael Botticelli, Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy 

On November 30, 2016, Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck moderated a White House Making Healthcare Better Series panel discussion addressing substance use disorders. The goal of the discussion was to emphasize addiction is a personal issue that impacts many of us.  Joining Dr. Hasbrouck were: 

  • Don Flattery — An impacted parent and member of the Virginia Governor’s Task Force on Prescription Drug and Heroin Abuse.
  • Nadine Parker — Executive Director of the National Capital Coalition to Prevent Underage Drinking.  
  • Tim Rabolt – A founding member of the George Washington University Students for Recovery program and a board member of the Association for Recovery in Higher Education and the Chris Atwood Foundation.
  • Dr. Lena Wen – Dr. Wen is the Baltimore City Health Commissioner.  

Dr. Hasbrouck opened the session with brief remarks to the audience.  “We must recognize upfront and first that there is no silver bullet to cure society of substance use disorders,” he said.  We understand this is a complicated issue. It is an issue of devastation.”  

During the panel discussion, Dr. Hasbrouck asked three questions: 
1) Why had each of them “joined the fight” against addictions;
2) What barriers did  they face when they began; and
3) What are they most proud of having accomplished.  
He closed the discussion with this quote from Helen Keller. 

I am only one, but I am still one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something. And because I cannot do everything I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.”

To watch the session, please click here.