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Center for Opioid Epidemiology & Policy Events

NYU Langone’s Center for Opioid Epidemiology and Policy hosts several seminars each year to share our research findings, explain new areas of study, and advance the field of opioid-related research.

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Polysubstance Use Symposium

The Center for Opioid Epidemiology and Policy is pleased to host the second Polysubstance Use Symposium from October 24-25, 2024. This event will accelerate knowledge of polysubstance use (i.e., the use of two or more substances) by bringing together an interdisciplinary group of stakeholders, researchers, community organizations, and community members with an emphasis on opportunities for early career, underrepresented researchers, and persons with lived and living experience.

The symposium will be hosted in-person at NYU Langone Health at 550 First Avenue, New York, NY 10016.

Symposium Emphasis

Content of the symposium spans four key domains:

  1. Prevalence, emerging trends, unintentional polysubstance use (epidemiology, overdose, toxicology/autopsy data, impacts of a contaminated drug supply)
  2. Treatment, harm reduction, and policy (pharmacologic or behavioral, community driven harm reduction, and policy changes)
  3. Social determinants (vulnerable populations, demographics, psychosocial drivers)
  4. Methods for polysubstance use (challenges, innovative methodological techniques)


There is a tiered registration for the 2024 symposium. Registration provides access to in-person events and lunches on both days.

  • $30 for community organizations and community members
  • $50 for students, postdoctoral fellows, and research staff
  • $125 for faculty, research scientists, clinicians

If the registration fee poses a barrier to your attendance, please reach out to for registration. Please include a brief (no more than 250 words) statement of your goal(s) for attending the symposium.

Note, all registered attendees will receive an e-mail with hotel details, childcare resources, and other pertinent information.

Register to attend.

Abstract Submission

Abstracts should not exceed 350 words and fit within one of the four above domains. Abstracts that are applied, creative, and outside the confines of traditional “research” are encouraged, as well as abstracts detailing traditional research projects/findings and community-based programming. At submission, you will select if you would like to be considered for a 15-minute oral presentation, poster, or either session format.

Abstracts are due by June 14th. Submit your abstract.

Scholarship Applications

Full scholarships are available for students, postdoctoral fellows, early stage investigators, and persons with lived and living experience of substance use. Individuals who identify as a member of a group underrepresented in substance use research as defined by NIH as individuals from nationally underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, and women are encouraged to apply.

Scholarship applications are due by July 1st. Submit your scholarship application.


Please note that a more detailed agenda will be announced closer to the event date.

Day 1: Thursday, October 24, 2024
9:00 AM Registration opens
9:00 AM–4:30 PM Symposium presentations
4:45–6:30 PM Poster session & reception
Day 2: Friday, October 25, 2024
9:30 AM–4:30 PM Symposium presentations


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