2013 Town Hall Meeting – Addressing the Non-Medical Use of Prescription Opioids

Monday, November 11, 2013
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

MODERATOR: A. Thomas McLellan, PhD, Treatment Research Institute, Philadelphia, PA


  • James Schuster, MD, Community Care Behavioral Health Organization, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Mitchell J. Cohen, MD, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA
  • Matthew O. Hurford, MD, Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services, Philadelphia, PA
  • Gary Tennis, Esq., Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP), Harrisburg, PA
  • Abigail Kay, MD, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA
  • Roland C. Lamb, MA, Director, Office of Addiction Services, Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS), Philadelphia, PA 


The topic of the non-medical use of prescribed opioids/painkillers has sparked a great deal of controversy and concern both within and outside of the medical community. Attitudes, beliefs and behaviors triggered by stigma and misinformation have resulted in policy recommendations and legislation. Although well meaning, these could result in a greater burden on those who need and provide treatment.

The Town Hall will highlight the underlying issues of opioid use, misuse, dependence, addiction treatment and recovery. The session will also address the role of physicians and other health care professionals in aligning, coordinating and integrating efforts to respond to this national crisis and serve as a collaborative platform for an open discussion and planning.

The Town Hall is open to health care professionals, i.e., physicians, dentists, nurses, pharmacists, social workers, counselors, policy makers, etc., to discuss trends and strategies from a healthcare community perspective on the treatment of pain, screening, early intervention, and referral to treatment of opiate dependence, addiction and recovery.

Sponsored by Community Care Behavioral Health (CCBH) and the Philadelphia Minority Behavioral Health Association comprised of: the Consortium, Greater Philadelphia Health Action, Inc., Sobriety Through Out Patient, Southwest Nu-Stop, Inc, and The Wedge Recovery Centers

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