2018 Symposium: #Re-think Addiction

Thank you for attending the 9th Annual University of Dayton & Miami Valley Hospital Healthcare Symposium.  Please join us again next spring.

It seems a day does not go by that we do not see headlines related to drug addiction, overdose related deaths and the cost of the present “opioid epidemic.”

“Opioid addiction, abuse and overdose deaths cost Ohio from $6.6 billion to $8.8 billion, according to a report from the C. William Swank Program in Rural-Urban Policy at Ohio State University.” (news.osu.edu)

“First responders throughout the area are strained. Accidental exposure by those trying to help has led to overdoses.” (www.cnn.com)

“Courts and morgues are clogged.” (Dayton Daily News, Oct. 17, 2017)

“Dayton Ohio was named No. 1 in nation for drug overdoses.” (Dayton Daily News, May, 24, 2016)

Clearly, we are in the depths of a deep and complicated problem. How do we begin to address the situation? While the news is troubling, there are also clear points of light as new and innovative approaches to both understanding and addressing addiction are developing. The focus of the 2018 University of Dayton and Miami Valley Hospital Healthcare Symposium is “#Re-think Addiction”. An exceptional line-up of speakers will discuss these various models and innovative practices.

Presentations

PRIMARY CARE: ON THE FRONT LINES OF THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC

Dr. Joseph Scherger MD, MPH

THE NEUROBIOLOGY OF ADDICTION

Nicole Labor, DO BCFP, BCABAM, FASAM

Dr. Labor will lead a discussion of addiction as a neurological impairment, describing the basic brain and neurotransmitter functions during the disease process and explore the reasoning behind current treatment modalities.

FROM PHILOSOPHY TO BUCKETS: A PERSPECTIVE ON ADDICTION

Michael Dohn, MD, MSc., and Haley Riegel, MPH

Presenters will discuss addiction as a chronic disease that can be addressed from the perspective of a “3 Buckets Model” that includes involvement from public health programs, clinical healthcare organizations and innovative practices.

HOW ARE OUR HEALTHCARE SYSTEMS RESPONDING TO THE OPIOID CRISIS?

This is a question that will be posed to a panel of providers representing these systems. The panel will include Dr. Nancy Pook, Medical Director and Clinical Services Chief at Kettering Medical Center Emergency Dept.; Dr. Jennifer Hauler, Chief Medical Officer for Northern Region, Premier Health; Dr. Randall James, Section Chief for Pain Management, VA Medical Center; and Dr. Tahira Adelekan, Developmental Pediatrics, Dayton Children’s.

LOCAL EXAMPLES OF INNOVATIVE PRACTICES

What are some innovative practices occurring outside of the public health and clinical healthcare arenas? Three projects will be highlighted:

Caleb Tang, a Pharm.D. student at Cedarville University will discuss a collaborative project he co-leads with Michael Holbrook, a student at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine in which they assess the Deterra Drug Deactivation System as an effective public health intervention for opioid medication disposal.

Kelly Cashion, a software design engineer at University of Dayton Research Institute will discuss her project recently funded by the Ohio Opioid Technology Challenge program. The project involves developing a neurofeedback program that may help reduce cravings. Cashion plans to work with volunteers to help them learn to regulate activity in the part of their brain associated with cravings and rewire some of those pathways, allowing them to reduce their cravings and experience a more 'normal' state even without opioids.

The symposium will end with a presentation from Vernique Coleman-Stokes, MS, PCC-S, LICDC-CS, CTTS, OCPS I, Director of the Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Resources and Education (CADRE) at University of Dayton. Ms. Coleman-Stokes will discuss the importance of creating recovery allies in our community, using recovery friendly language and promoting a pre-recovery culture.

Naloxone Training

Symposium attendees are invited to register for and attend a Project Dawn training session and receive a naloxone kit at a special session to be held at 1:30 p.m.

Pre-event

Join us for a symposium pre-event where we will watch the PBS documentary titled, "Understanding the Opioid Epidemic." This pre-event will be a good primer for the symposium.

Registration

Healthcare Professionals: Professional registration is now closed. Please consider joining us next spring.

Students: Student registration is closed but walk-ins are welcome. Space is available in student-only afternoon sessions: Life in Medical School, Life in Dental School, Life in Physician Assistant School, Gap Year Experiences, Careers in Healthcare, and Building Your Interview Skills. 

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