Passport joins with The Healing Place to present symposium focused on fighting heroin addiction

Tara Conner, Miss USA 2006Heroin addiction has reached an epidemic level around Kentucky, affecting families, businesses, and communities as well as the addict and his or her family. In fact, Kentucky has the third-highest overdose rate in the nation, and nowhere is this more felt that at The Healing Place in Louisville, one of the nation’s most effective long-term, social model recovery programs for more than 25 years.

Beyond ruining people’s lives, heroin addiction also leads to an increased crime rate, a larger number of patients in area hospitals, and increases to the cost of healthcare. That’s why Passport and The Healing Place are gathering experts in the healthcare community to study the issue and address solutions.

“Heroin: About Face – Reversing an Epidemic” is a daylong symposium being planned by The Healing Place and sponsored by Passport on Wednesday, October 28. 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, (pictured) 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.

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.