Media alert: Heritage College Health Policy Day to look at opioid abuse

Jan 31, 2017

What: Healing Ohio’s Opioid Crisis: A Day of Health Policy Learning at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine

When: Friday, Feb. 3, noon – 5 p.m.

Where: Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine

Athens – Irvine Hall 194, West Green Drive, Athens, Ohio

Dublin – MEB1-331, 6775 Bobcat Way, Dublin, Ohio

Cleveland - SPS-110, 4180 Warrensville Center Road, Warrensville Heights, Ohio

Ohio is on the front lines of a national opioid abuse epidemic, and the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine is committed to being part of the cure. “Healing Ohio’s Opioid Crisis” will be the theme of the college’s fourth annual Health Policy Day Feb. 3. This educational event for medical students will feature in-depth examinations of the opioid issue by state officials, educators, physicians, students and more. Media are invited to attend at any location.

The event will include a discussion by state officials of how agencies can work together to address the crisis, a discussion by health care practitioners about opioid addiction resulting from chronic pain, a review of the opioid problem’s history, and accounts from medical students about how their lives have been touched by opioid abuse in their communities.

Speakers will include Mark Hurst, M.D., medical director for the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services; Amol Soin, M.D., M.B.A., pain management specialist physician and president of the State Medical Board of Ohio ; Terry Johnson, D.O., 1991 Heritage College alumnus, family physician and state representative (R-McDermott) for the 90 th House District ; Dave Burke, Pharm. D., practicing pharmacist and state senator (R-Marysville) for the 26 th  Senate District; health care practitioners; and Heritage College faculty and students,

The Heritage College is taking other steps as well to better prepare its students to deal with the opioid issue as health care professionals. These include answering the White House call for medical schools to upgrade prescriber education to reflect new federal opioid  prescription guidelines, and producing a documentary video to enhance physician training.

Health Policy Day participants will be available for interviews after the event. The Heritage College will distribute a post-event news release, recounting the day’s activities, with photos available by request. For a copy of the afternoon’s agenda, to arrange an interview or to request the news release summary of the day’s activities, contact Jim Phillips, Heritage College Office of External Relations, at 740.593.2202 or phillij2@ohio.edu.