Southern Arizona Opioid Misuse Prevention Symposium

    September 28, 2018 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
    Tucson Convention Center
    260 S Church Ave
    Tucson, AZ 85701

    “Please join us to hear from an amazing lineup of speakers addressing the Opioid Epidemic including:

    Keynote Speaker: Dr. Steven Defossez (Beverly Hospital, Beverly MA)

    Shana Malone (Trends and Trauma, AHCCCS)

    and more TBA…

    PLUS 3 incredible panels:

    Stages of Opioid Misuse and Meeting Consumers Where They’re At with Dr. Francisco Garcia, Dr. Bennett Davis (ACEs and brain changes with addiction), Haley Coles (Naloxone information; Sonoran Prevention Works), Christopher Thomas (Syringe Access; Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation), & Dr. Larry Onate (Medically Assisted Treatment; CODAC)

    Non-Opioid Approaches to Pain Management and Coping with Trauma with Dr Apryl Krause (Alternative Medicine Clinic; Pascua Yaqui Tribe), Debra Stevenson (Inclusive faith-based approach: importance of interfaith collaboration, Spring Board, Teen Challenge), and more to be confirmed!

    Health Outcomes and Disparities for Populations Affected by Substance Misuse: Dr. Aram Mardian (Phoenix Veterans Affairs), Dr. Kasey Crockett (Rural challenges to accessing services, Chiricahua Community Health Centers), Gertha Sicobo (Older adult population, Pima Council on Aging), Dr. Gabrielle Ochoa (LGBTQ adults, El Rio), and more to be confirmed!

    Participants will be able to:
    ● Network with Southern Arizona partners working to address opioid misuse.
    ● Identify prevention efforts for implementation in their communities.
    ● Demonstrate intervention strategies to address opioid overdoses and deaths.
    ● Locate treatment providers and identify treatment best practices.
    To Provide Education On The Opioid Epidemic And Prevention, Intervention And Treatment Strategies”

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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, (since Jan. 2013).


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