2018 Symposium: #Re-think Addiction


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.

Committed Speakers and presentations include:

  • Clinical Medicine/Population Health/Innovative Practices – A 3 Buckets Model to Approaching Addiction, Dr. Michael Dohn and Haley Riegel (Dayton & Montgomery County Dept. of Public Health)
  • The Neuroscience of Addiction, Dr. Nicole Labor
  • Primary Care – On the Front Lines of the Opioid Epidemic, Dr. Joseph Scherger
  • How are our healthcare systems responding to the epidemic?
    - Dr. Nancy Pook – Kettering Health Network
    - Dr. Jennifer Hauler - Premier Health Partners
    - Dr. Randall James - Dayton VA Medical Center
    - Dr. Eileen Kasten - Dayton Children's Hospital
  • What are some examples of innovative practices in the Dayton area?
    - Michael Holbrook & Caleb Tang – The Opioid Disposal Bag Program
    - Kelly Cashion (UDRI) - Neurofeedback Therapy – A Future Treatment Focus? 
    - Vernique Coleman-Stokes – Creating Recovery Allies


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.

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