Newsroom | 02 May 2016

Cigna to Sponsor The Washington Post’s National Forum on Substance Use Epidemic


Cigna Corporation
Gloria Barone, 215-761-4758


  • “Addiction in America” forum set for May 4
  • Cigna CEO David Cordani to speak about prevention, treatment
  • Public health experts, government officials to join conversation
  • Follow Twitter conversation on @Cigna, @PostLive and #CoffeeAtWaPo

WASHINGTON, 02 May, 2016 - Cigna is the lead sponsor of The Washington Post’s upcoming Coffee@WaPo event, “Addiction in America.” This forum will convene policymakers, thought leaders, government officials, advocacy experts and others to discuss the increasing drug epidemic in the United States and what can be done about it. The event will be held on May 4 from 9 to 11 a.m. ET at The Washington Post’s headquarters, and will feature remarks by David M. Cordani, Cigna president and CEO. For more information on speakers and agenda, and to watch the forum live, please go here.

This forum will shine a spotlight on how the nation can curb the rising drug epidemic in the United States. By 2020, mental and substance use disorders will have surpassed all physical diseases as a major cause of disability worldwide.1 In the United States, an estimated 2.1 million people suffer from substance use disorders related to prescription opioid pain relievers, and more than 28,000 Americans die each year from opioid overdoses.2, 3

Cigna is committed to being a national leader on modernizing the approach to the prevention, treatment and communication of substance use disorders – one that begins with eliminating the stigma associated with substance use so that people will seek the help they need – and recognizes that for many, substance use disorder is a chronic disease.

Real-time social coverage of the event will be shared via Cigna’s and The Washington Post’s social channels, at @Cigna and @PostLive, using the hashtag #CoffeeAtWaPo.

About Cigna

Cigna Corporation (NYSE: CI) is a global health service company dedicated to helping people improve their health, well-being and sense of security. All products and services are provided exclusively by or through operating subsidiaries of Cigna Corporation, including Connecticut General Life Insurance Company, Cigna Health and Life Insurance Company, Life Insurance Company of North America and Cigna Life Insurance Company of New York. Such products and services include an integrated suite of health services, such as medical, dental, behavioral health, pharmacy, vision, supplemental benefits, and other related products including group life, accident and disability insurance. Cigna maintains sales capability in 30 countries and jurisdictions, and has more than 90 million customer relationships throughout the world. To learn more about Cigna®, including links to follow us on Facebook or Twitter, visit