Presentation – The Prescription Opioid and Heroin Crisis: An Epidemic of Addiction

Keynote presentation by Andrew Kolodny M.D., to stakeholders at KHI symposium on the opioid crisis

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Aug 31, 2017


Kansas Health Institute


On August 29, 2017, Andrew Kolodny, M.D., presented a keynote about the national trends in the opioid crisis to nearly 80 attendees at the KHI symposium entitled The Opioid Crisis: What’s Happening in Kansas? The event featured robust discussions among two panel groups:

Prescribing and Treatment:

    • Joe Davison, M.D., West Wichita Family Physicians
    • Bob Twillman, Ph.D., FAPM, Academy of Integrative Pain Management
    • Jody Reel, Pharm.D., Kansas Pharmacists Association
    • Sandra Dixon, L.M.S.W., DCCCA, Inc.
    • Pat George, Valley Hope Association
    • Kenneth Mishler, Pharm.D., M.B.A., Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas

Law Enforcement and Regulation:

    • Alexandra Blasi, J.D., M.B.A., Kansas Board of Pharmacy
    • Lori Haskett, Kansas Department of Health & Environment
    • Kimberly Reynolds, Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services
    • Sharon Brigner, R.N., PhRMA
    • Ed Klumpp, Kansas Association of Chiefs of Police
    • Tim Eldredge, Butler County Sheriff’s Office

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