The opioid crisis and COVID-19 pandemic are intersecting with each other and presenting new challenges for families, communities, and businesses.

Over 81,000 drug overdose deaths occurred in the United States in the 12 months ending in May 2020, the highest number of overdose deaths ever recorded in a 12-month period, according to the CDC.

In Montana, recent data from the CDC show that half of all drug overdose deaths involved opioids. 

Join us on April 20 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. MST for a series of conversations to arm business owners with the tools and resources they need to help respond to these overlapping crises.

We’ll discuss how the combined health and economic crises linked to the coronavirus are creating new challenges for employers and employees already struggling with the opioid epidemic and share best practices to shape a proactive and informed response.


  • Zoe Barnard, Administrator , Addictive and Mental Disorders Division at the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services
  • McKenna Fromm, Recovery Advocate
  • Dr. Laura Stanley , Associate Professor , Montana State University and Director, Human Interaction Lab, Gianforte School of Computing, Montana State University