Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Heroin Conference and "Next Steps" Summit - 14 October 2016

(With some pharmacy guy acting as a moderator during the break out sessions...)

Prescription Drugs and Heroin: The Next Steps Summit

Battle Creek, MI- Overdoses from heroin and prescription painkillers have killed an alarming number of Michigan citizens, destroying families and communities. To combat this issue, partners from Michigan State Police, Lakeshore Regional Entity and substance abuse prevention coalitions/councils from: Calhoun, Barry and Allegan counties partnered to plan a summit tackling this tough subject. It was the vision of this planning committee, to offer a venue where attendees can work together to create tangible next steps to synergistically address the epidemic that our communities are facing.    
“This epidemic does not discriminate; All across the state, it is taking good people and leading them down a trail that often ends in pain and sadness,” said Lt. Pazder.  More than just facts, this summit will have experts speaking on addiction and information to help participants know how to make an impact in their local community.
The speakers are Lt. Governor Brian Calley-Keynote, Bruce McColley -DEA-Assistant Special Agent in charge in Detroit, Abraham Azzam HIDTA Director and Deputy Director Craig Summers, and Dr. Weiner-board certified in Internal Medicine and Addiction Medicine-St. Joseph Mercy Hospital.   
The conference has over 350 individuals registered from west and southwest Michigan. The conference takes place Friday October 14th from 9:00-3:00pm at Firekeepers Resort and Conference Center in Battle Creek.  

(The actual count is 362! Woot Woot!)

See January 2017 post on some notes from the breakout session - it takes forever to get back to this blog, I swear!

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