A few years ago, the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) created the Building Bridges to Recovery initiative, which encourages dialogue between medical providers and the recovery community. As part of that initiative and National Recovery Month, DDAP is convening a panel discussion from 9 to 11 am, Thursday, Sept. 29, at the State Museum in Harrisburg. It will be live webcast and offered as continuing medical education.
The panel discussion will focus on ways to improve identification of people with addiction and ways to more effectively refer and treat them. Panel members will also identify and address barriers, including stigma, to those efforts. As part of the discussion, people in recovery will have an opportunity to share their insight and experience with the medical providers to better inform the discussion and direct next steps.
Last year over 3,500 Pennsylvanians died from drug overdose – that is an astonishing 10 deaths a day and up from the more than 2,500 reported deaths in 2014. Having open and candid conversations and working together are vital tools in combating this terrible epidemic.
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Secretary, Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs
Pennsylvania physician general
John P. Gallagher, MD,
Vice chair Pennsylvania Medical Society Board of Trustees and chair, Pennsylvania Medical Society Opioid Advisory Task Force
Dr. Thomas Kohl
Berkshire Family Medicine, Reading Health System
Brandon Antinopoulos, Pharm.D
Pharmacy Manager, Hometown Apothecary Drugs
Dr. Roderick Groomes
Director, Armstrong County Memorial Hospital Emergency Department
Cindi Coffman, BA, CADC, CCS
Assistant Program Director, Cove Forge BHS
Dr. Bill Santoro
Chief, Section of Addictions Medicine, Reading Health System
Medical Director, New Directions
Scott Scotilla, Psy.D. ICAADC
Scotilla Psychological Services LLC
Andrew Schmitt, LCSW
Mazzitti and Sullivan Counseling Services
Jen Zampogna, MD
Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers and a person in recovery
Ovis Mangum, BA, CEAP
EAP Case Manager, Norfolk Southern Corp. and a person in recovery
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