Learn the History of Painkillers at Maltz Museum

Wed 11/29 @ 7PM

With the opioid/heroin epidemic having reached crisis proportions with an increasing number of overdose deaths, there’s been a lot of conversation around the prescribing of pain medications and how overprescribing a new, more addictive generation of drugs could be helping to fuel the crisis.

Author/historian Brandy Schillace from Case Western Reserve’s Dittrick Museum of Medical History will be at the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage to talk about “The Problem of Pain: From Harm to Pharm” as part of its programming around its current exhibit Beyond Chicken Soup: Jews and Medicine in America.

You’ll learn about the discovery of painkillers, early self-experimentation and the advances in effectiveness that have been a godsend to those suffering pain but also helped drive the abuse we’re currently seeing — and the shift to heroin as pharmaceutical painkillers become too expensive or unavailable.

It’s $12 to the public, $6 to Maltz Museum members. Register here.

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