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UB presents series on opioid epidemic

The University at Buffalo Mini Medical School this month will present a three-part series, “Confronting the Opioid Epidemic.”

Presentations will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. each Tuesday through the rest of the month in Butler Auditorium in Farber Hall on the UB South Campus. Open to the public, tickets are $5 for each night with free admission for high school, college and medical students with valid ID. Net proceeds will be donated to “Kids Escaping Drugs.”

“The opioid epidemic is affecting our entire community,” said Dr. Roseanne Berger, Mini Med School director and senior associate dean for graduate medical education at UB. “Mobilizing an effective response requires a full-court press. Since the mission of UB’s Mini Med School is to educate the public, this vital health issue is a natural fit.

“Whether people have friends or family members whose lives have been disrupted by concern for a loved one, or whether people want to better understand a major problem affecting our community, this program is right for you.

Here’s the lineup:

  • Tuesday: “The History and Science of Opioid Addiction,” led by David Herzberg, UB associate professor of history 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,” led by Michelle Rainka, clinical pharmacist in the Division of Neuropharmacology of DENT Institute of Neurology; Dr. Torin Finver, a physician with UBMD Family Medicine and 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,” led by Erie County Health Commissioner Gale Burstein; District Attorney Michael Flaherty; John P. Flickinger, group supervisor for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration; Dan Rinaldo, drug intelligence officer, NYNJ High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas; and Cheryl Moore, a registered nurse with the Erie County Health Department who will demonstrate how to administer naloxone (Narcan).

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The UB Mini Med School is a community education program of the university’s Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

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