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Southeastern PA Opioids Summit

Southeastern PA Opioids Summit

Opioids: Prevention, Treatment and Policy Conversations

Between 2000 and 2015, opioids claimed more than half a million lives in the United States and decimated communities around the nation. In Philadelphia and the surrounding area, the crisis is particularly hard-hitting and continues to widen in scope.

While the federal government declared the opioid crisis a national public health emergency in 2017, much of the most significant work being conducted in prevention, treatment and policy occurs at local and regional levels.

The Southeastern PA Opioids Summit brings together leaders in research, clinical practice and policymaking to address the opioid epidemic in our region and chart the way forward in responding to the crisis. 

The Southeastern PA Opioids Summit is sponsored by GateHouse Treatment, Temple University's College of Public Health and Temple University's Office of the Vice President for Research.

April 20, 2018
7:45 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

FAME: Feast at MaKen Events
3525 I Street
Philadelphia, PA 19134

Complimentary parking will be available at the venue.

Please note: this event is invitation only.

Reserve your seat now!


Emcee and panel moderation:

David Sarwer, Associate Dean for Research and Professor, College of Public Health; Director, Center for Obesity Research and Education
Veronica-Hill Milbourne, CEO, Pathways by Molina in Pennsylvania and Chair, Temple College of Public Health Board of Visitors

7:45 a.m. / Breakfast and registration

8:30 a.m. / Introductory remarks
Dr. David Sarwer and Dr. Michele Masucci

8:50 a.m. / Keynote
The Opioid Epidemic: How We Got Here
Roland Lamb, Deputy Commissioner, Strategic Planning and Innovation Division, Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability Services

9:20 a.m. / Panel Discussion
Prevention of Opioid Abuse and Dependence
Dr. Michael Halpern, Dr. Christen Rexing, Dr. Marsha Crawford, Dr. Laura Hart

10:30 a.m. / Keynote
Residential Treatment for Opioid Abuse
Dr. Sam Macmaster, Executive VP and Chief Clinical Officer of JourneyPure, LLC

11:00 a.m. / Panel Discussion
State of the Art Treatment for Opioid Abuse: Medically Assisted Treatment, Prescription Heroin
Dr. Brian Bride, Mr. Ed McDonoughDr. Adam BrooksDr. David O'Gurek and Michael B. Harle

12:00 p.m. / Lunch and Keynote
State and City-Wide Responses to the Opioid Epidemic
Josh Shapiro, PA Attorney General

1:00 p.m. / Panel Discussion
Harm Reduction: Syringe Exchange and Safe Injection Sites
Dr. Sarah Bass, Mr. Jose Benitez and Dr. Jerry Stahler

2:00 p.m. / Keynote
How Independence Blue Cross is Battling the Opioid Epidemic
Dr. Richard Snyder, Chief Medical Officer of Independence Health Group

2:40 p.m. / Panel Discussion
Treatment of Opioid Abuse in Selected Populations: Focus on Southeastern Pennsylvania
Dr. Mary MorrisonDr. Steven Belenko, Oksana Kaczmarczyk and Tracy Esteves Camacho

3:40 p.m. / Panel Discussion
Using Policy to Address the Opioid Crisis
Dr. Valerie Arkoosh, Montgomery County Commissioner; Dr. Michael Milbourne, Coroner of Montgomery County; Dr. Scott Burris; and Dr. Thomas Farley, Philadelphia Health Commissioner

4:40 p.m. / Closing remarks

5:00 p.m. / Networking reception

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