Nationally known addiction specialist, Drew Pinsky, also known as “Dr. Drew,” will bring his insights to the upcoming Pennsylvania Pain and Addiction Summit hosted by Wilkes University.
During the full-day conference, medical, legal and law enforcement professionals will discuss the current state of the opioid crisis, share methods in dealing with these issues, and identify opportunities to treat pain and substance abuse. Continuing education hours are available for counselors, dentists, pharmacists, physical therapists, physicians, nurses and social workers.
After the pandemic forced the summit’s cancellation last year, Wilkes will host the summit virtually on April 23, 2021.
“We thought that the message was too important to cancel it for a second year in a row. We really wanted people to have the opportunity to hear about the latest topics,” said Margaret Petty, director of continued learning at Wilkes University.
Wilkes student pharmacists Harrison Ferro and Hunnter Maxwell are involved in the planning. The Wilkes chapter of Generation Rx hosts numerous community outreach events on naloxone use, proper medication disposal and stigma reduction. Initiatives include an opioid awareness walk, a weekly radio show on the Wilkes radio station, WCLH and other community initiatives.
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Dr. Drew is a practicing physician and board-certified internist and addiction medicine specialist. He hosted the nationally syndicated radio show Loveline for over 32 years. He also produced and starred in the hit reality series Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew on VH1 which chronicled the struggle for sobriety and the cycle of addictive disorders of a group of celebrities.
Attendees can register at www.wilkes.edu/addiction.