Heroin symposium to put focus on treating addicts of all ages and from all areas

Heroin SymposiumThe heroin epidemic plaguing our city and our state continues to increase. It has been several years since the re-emergence of heroin in our area, yet 95 percent of clients arriving in The Healing Place detox facilities are coming in for heroin, according to a column written by Laci M. Comer, development project manager for The Healing Place, in The (Louisville) Courier-Journal.

“The new addict is 18 to 30 years old and comes from the suburban, more affluent ZIP codes,” Ms. Comer writes. “The face of addiction is absolutely changing and has a huge impact on our community.”

To help doing something about this, The Healing Place and Passport Health Plan are planning a daylong symposium called “Heroin: About Face – Reversing an Epidemic,” on Wednesday, October 28 in Louisville. It is encouraged that physicians, social workers, counselors, human resources personnel, and certified drug & alcohol counselors who work with families and clients attend this symposium, along with families who deal directly with addiction.

Guest speakers will include:

  • Tara Conner, Miss USA 2006, who will share her story of abuse and recovery
  • Dreg Jones, MD, medical director of the Kentucky Physicians Health Foundation
  • Geoff Wilson, LCSW, CADC, a clinical social worker and certified alcohol & drug counselor in Kentucky for more than 20 years
  • Mike O’Connell, Jefferson County Attorney
  • A “Community Impact Panel” with representatives from law enforcement, corrections, and the health department

The symposium has been approved for 2.5 CME from the Kentucky Medical Association and 5.75 CEUs for various professions. The symposium begins at 7:30 a.m., and cost is $150.

For more information about the symposium or to register, go online to www.thehealingplace.org/heroin, send an email to events@thehealingplace.org or call (502) 357-1983.