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UB Mini Med School tackles opioid epidemic

The University at Buffalo’s Mini Medical School will tackle the opioid epidemic in a three-part series from 6 to 8 p.m. March 15, 22 and 29 in Butler Auditorium in Farber Hall on the South Campus.

The Mini Med program is open to the public, with tickets $5 for each night and free admission for high school, college and medical students with valid identification. Net proceeds will go to “Kids Escaping Drugs,” which supports adolescent addiction treatment.

“The opioid epidemic is affecting our entire community. Mobilizing an effective response requires a full-court press,” Dr. Roseanne Berger, Mini Medical School director and UB senior associate dean for graduate medical, said in a statement.

Topics and speakers are:

• March 15: The History and Science of Opioid Addiction with David Herzberg, associate professor of history at UB and author of “Happy Pills in America: From Miltown to Prozac;” Ken Leonard, director of UB’s Research Institute on Addictions; and Peter Thanos, senior research scientist at the institute.

• March 22: Prevention and Treatment with Michelle Rainka, clinical pharmacist at the DENT Neurologic Institute; Dr. Torin Finver, director of UB’s fellowship in addictions medicine; Dr. Joseph Bart, operations medical director for emergency medical services at UBMD Emergency Medicine; and Dr. Jared Masci, medical director of addiction services at Lakeshore Behavioral Health.

• March 29: Law Enforcement and Public Health Strategies with Dr. Gale Burstein, Erie County health commissioner; Erie County District Attorney Michael Flaherty; John P. Flickinger, group supervisor in the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration; Dan Rinaldo, drug intelligence officer for the New York/New Jersey High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas; and Cheryl Moore, a nurse in the Erie County Department of Health who will demonstrate how to administer naloxone.