Previous Webinars

2024

January 25, 2024 – “The Opioid Crisis: An Overview”

PANELISTS:

Dr. Lewis S. Nelson, MD – Professor and Chair, Dept. Emergency Medicine Chief of Division of Medical Toxicology, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

Captain Jason Piotrowski – Dir., Office of Drug Monitoring & Analysis @ NJSP

Slides from the presentation

 

2023

December 7, 2023 – “The Opioid Epidemic: A Focus on Vulnerable Populations Part III”

PANELISTS:

Dr. Michael Ganon, DO – board certified in family and addiction medicine

Matthew Rudd – Community Justice Coordinator, Special Agent for Strategic Planning & Programs @ Cumberland Co. Pros. Office

Tevis Thompson, MS – Project Manager for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Initiatives @ NJ Division of Mental Health & Addiction Services

Harry Reyes, DHSc, LPC, LCADC – Assistant Division Director @ NJ Division of Mental Health & Addiction Services

Slides from the presentation

 

November 9, 2023 – “Evidence-Based Programs for Prevention, Treatment and Recovery”

KEYNOTE SPEAKER:

Dr. Sharon Walsh, MS, PhD, – Professor @ University of Kentucky Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy

Slides from the presentation

 

October 6, 2023 – “Knock Out Opioid Abuse Day: An Update from NIDA”

KEYNOTE SPEAKER:

Dr. Wilson M. Compton, Deputy Director – National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) @ National Institutes of Health

Slides from the presentation

 

September 14, 2023 – “The Road to Recovery”

PANELISTS:

Iris Jones, LPC, LCADC, CCS, NCC – Clinical Operations @ Cooper Center for Healing & Buprenorphine Field Initiation of ReScue Treatment (Bupe FIRST EMS)

Keith Kloos, CPRS – Community Outreach Coordinator @ Hackensack Meridian Health (HMH) Carrier Clinic

Slides from the presentation

 

August 17, 2023 – “Knock Out Opioid Abuse Day – Training Seminar”

PANELISTS:

Patrice Reilly – Manager, Prevention Services @ Morris County Prevention Is Key

Barbara Kauffman – Director, Prevention Services @ Morris County Prevention Is Key

Rebecca Alfaro, MSW – Deputy Ex. Dir. @ Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse

Matt Birchenough – Dir., Community Events @ Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey

Slides from the presentation

Links from the presentation:
Knock Out Opioid Abuse Day – Social Media
Knock Out Opioid Abuse Day – Opioid Campaign
Knock Out Opioid Abuse Day – Traditional Media
Knock Out Opioid Abuse Day – Press Kit

July 27, 2023 – “Public Health Barriers in Addressing the Opioid Epidemic”

PANELISTS:

Dr. Josiah D. Rich, MD, MPH – Professor, Medicine & Epidemiology @ Brown University

Michele Calvo, MPH – Dir., Opioid Response & Policy @ NJ Depart. of Health

Dr. Richard T. Jermyn, DO, FAAPMR – Interim Dean @ Rowan-Virtua School of Osteopathic Medicine

Slides from the presentation

 

June 29, 2023 – “The Intersection of Race, Culture and the Opioid Crisis”

PANELISTS:

Dr. Aleesa Mobley, PhD – Clerkship Dir., Virtua Health College of Medicine & Life Sciences @ Rowan University

Captain Jason Piotrowski – Dir., Office of Drug Monitoring & Analysis @ NJSP

Solomon Middleton-Williams – Deputy Dir., Newark Community Street Team

Ashley Hill Trotter – Social Work Manager, Newark Community Street Team

Slides from the presentation

 

May 25, 2023 – “The Rise of Poly-Substance Overdose Deaths”

PANELISTS:

Dr. Andrew L. Falzon, MD – Chief State Medical Examiner, State of New Jersey

Dr. Rachel Haroz, MD, FAACT – Associate Professor, Dept. of Emergency Medicine @ Cooper Medical School – Rowan University

Slides from the presentation

 

April 27, 2023 – “The Collateral Impact of Opioid Misuse”

PANELISTS:

Dr. Amesika Nyaku, MD – Assistant Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases @ Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

Robert Gaydosh – Deputy Director, New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety

Adrienne Simpkins – Director of Outreach and Capacity Building, NJ Coalition to End Domestic Violence (NJCEDV)

Slides from the presentation

 

March 30, 2023 – “Alternatives to Opioids”

PANELISTS:

Dr. Jane C Ballantyne, MD, FRCA – VP Clinical Affairs – Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing (PROP)

Dr. Andrew Kolodny, MD – Medical Director of Opioid Policy Research, Heller School for Social Policy & Management, Brandeis University

Slides from the presentation

 

February 23, 2023 – “What Parents Need to Know About Opioids: Guidance for Conversations”

KEYNOTE:

Honorable Matthew J. Platkin, Esq. – New Jersey Attorney General

PANELISTS:

Dr. A. Omar Abubaker, DMD, PhD – VCU School of Dentistry & MCV Hospital

Dr. Ona Fofah, MD – Rutgers New Jersey Medical School & University Hospital

Dr. Kelly Moore, PsyD – Rutgers Graduate School of Applied & Professional Psychology

Slides from the presentation

 

January 26, 2023 – “From Pills to Fentanyl: Understanding the Opioid Crisis”

FEATURED SPEAKER:

Dr. Lewis Nelson:
Professor and Chair, Dept. Emergency Medicine
Chief of Division of Medical Toxicology, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

Dr. Nelson’s presentation

 

2022

December 8, 2022 – “Opioids in New Jersey: A Look at 2022”

PANELISTS:

Agent Tim McMahon, DEA-NJ

Captain Jason Piotrowski, NJ State Police

Slides from the presentation

 

November 10, 2022 – “Saving Lives – Harm Reduction and the Opioid Crisis”

PANELISTS:

Charla Cousar, Program Management Officer – NJ Department of Health

Katherine Kneisel, CHES – Rutgers RWJ Medical School Division of Addiction Psychiatry

Richard Lo Russo Jr., recovery coach – face of the issue

Slides from the presentation

 

October 6, 2022 – “Where We Stand & How We Move Forward”

PANELISTS:

Dr. Andrew Kolodny – Medical Director of Opioid Policy Research, Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University

Dr. Kolodny’s presentation

John Butler, Esq. – Office of the NJ Governor

Jennifer Fearon – Office of the NJ Governor

Office of the NJ Governor presentation

 

September 8, 2022 – “Highlighting Addiction Recovery”

PANELISTS:

Commander Karina D. Aguilar, DrPH, MSW, CPH – United States Public Health Service

  • Assistant Regional Administrator, Region II
    (NJ, NY, PR, US Virgin Islands & the Federally Recognized Tribes in the Northeast)
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Email: Karina.Aguilar@samhsa.hhs.gov

Mary Beth O’Connor, Esq.

Slides from the presentation

 

July 14, 2022 – “The Role of Medication for Opioid Use Disorder in Fighting the Opioid Crisis”

PANELISTS:

Dr. James F. Baird IV, DO – Emergency Medicine Residency Program Director, Inspira Health – Mullica Hill

Dr. Herbert Kaldany, DO – Psychiatry Director, NJ Department of Corrections

Tim Seplaki, CPM – Chief of EMS Data and Technology, NJ Department of Health

Slides from the presentation

 

June 28, 2022 – “Fentanyl: What You Need to Know Today”

PANELISTS:

Special Agent Timothy P. McMahon – DEA-NJ

Dr. Mehruba Anwar Parris, MD – Rutgers University New Jersey Medical School

Marlon Williams, MPH – forensic epidemiologist, New York/New Jersey High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA)

Slides from the presentation

 

June 16, 2022 – “The Opioid Epidemic and the Impact of Race, Part II”

PANELISTS:

Dr. Dara Kass, MD – U.S. Depart. of Health & Human Services, Regional Director for Region 2

Bretta Jane Jacquemin, MPH – NJ Dept. of Health, Center for Health Statistics

Jared Hunter – Salvation and Social Justice

Slides from the presentation

 

May 26, 2022 – “The Opioid Epidemic: A Focus on Vulnerable Populations Part II”

PANELISTS:

Honorable James E. McGreevey – Former New Jersey Governor – Ex. Dir., New Jersey Reentry Corporation

Barrett Young – CEO, Rescue Mission of Trenton

Brian McGovern – Ex. Dir., North Jersey Community Research Initiative (NJCRI)

Slides from the presentation

 

April 28, 2022 – “Combating the Stigma of Opioid Addiction”

PANELISTS:

Edouard Coupet Jr., MD – Assistant Professor in Emergency Medicine and Core Faculty, Yale School of Medicine

Emily Einstein, Ph.D. – Health Science Policy Analyst, National Institute on Drug Abuse

Celina Levy – Executive Director, Governor’s Council on Alcohol and Drug Addiction (GCADA)

Slides from the presentation

 

March 24, 2022 – “Doing Your Part: Safe Disposal of Opioids”

PANELISTS:

Laurie Smith – Community Initiatives Coordinator, Atlantic Prevention Resources

Howard Pine, Esq. – Deputy Director, Division of NJ Consumer Affairs

Susan A. Gibson – Special Agent in Charge, DEA-NJ

Slides from the presentation

 

February 24, 2022 – “The Opioid Epidemic and the Impact on New Jersey Families”

PANELISTS:

Suzanne Borys, Ed.D. – Assistant Division Director for the Office of Planning, Research, Evaluation, Prevention and Olmstead in the New Jersey Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services

Susan Long, MSW, LSW, CTP – Director of Hope One of Atlantic County

Pam Capaci – CEO of Hope Sheds Light in Toms River

Donna DeStefano – founder, Parents in Connection for Kids, Inc. (P.I.C.K.)

Slides from the presentation

 

January 27, 2022 – An Hour With Sam Quinones Author of “Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic

FEATURED GUEST:

Sam Quinones, Author
contact: samquinones7@yahoo.com

read Sam’s newest book “The Least of Us”

 

2021

December 9, 2021 – “The Opioid Epidemic and the Impact of Race”

PANELISTS:

Andrew J. Bruck, New Jersey Acting Attorney General

Captain Jason Piotrowski, NJ State Police

Robert L. Johnson, MD, FAAP
Dean, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
Interim Dean, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Jayme S. Ganey, LPC
Program Manager of Culture Connections
Family Connections

Slides from the presentation

 

November 18, 2021 – “Post-Operative Pain and Alternatives to Opioids”

FEATURED EXPERT:

Sarah Vi Cerreto
BSN, RN, MEDSURG-BC, HN-BC

Slides from the presentation

 

October 28, 2021 – “Childhood Trauma Part II: Substance Use and Adverse Childhood Experiences”

PANELISTS:

Chief Christopher Leusner, Middle Township Police Department
David B. Levine, MD, FAAP – Atlantic Medical Group Pediatrics
Dave Ellis, Executive Director – Office of Resilience – New Jersey Department of Children and Families
Christopher A. Jakim, Assistant Special Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration – New Jersey Division
Slides from the presentation

 

October 6, 2021 – “Knock Out Opioid Abuse Day: How You Can Help Fight the Opioid Epidemic”

FEATURED GUEST:

Lieutenant Commander Jamie Mells, PhD – U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps – Overdose Data to Action Coordinator, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Slides from the presentation

 

July 29, 2021 – “The Opioid Epidemic: A Focus on Vulnerable Populations”

PANELISTS:

Christine Scalise – NJ Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services
Katherine Findley, Ph.D. – NJ Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services
Brad Christensen – NJ Dept. of Military and Veterans Affairs
Kathy Dodsworth-Rugani, Ph.D. – Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Telehealth Program
Slides from the presentation

 

June 17, 2021 – “Data to Action: How the State Uses Data to Address the Opioid Epidemic”

PANELISTS:

Capt. Francis McGovern – New Jersey State Police
Jeffrey D. Laszczyk, Jr., PharmD – Administrator, NJ PMP
Suzanne Borys, Ed.D. – Assistant Division Director for the Office of Planning, Research, Evaluation, Prevention and Olmstead in the New Jersey Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS)
Slides from the presentation

 

May 20, 2021 – “The ALTO Program: Treating Pain without Opioids”

PANELISTS:

Alexis M. LaPietra, DO, FACEP
Mark Rosenberg, DO, MBA, FACEP

Dr. LaPietra’s presentation
Dr. Rosenberg’s presentation

 

April 22, 2021 – “Dr. Andrew Kolodny – One Year Later: The Opioid Epidemic During COVID-19”

FEATURED GUEST:

Dr. Andrew Kolodny
Co-Director, Opioid Policy Research Collaborative Heller School for Social Policy and Management Brandeis University
Executive Director, Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing

Slides from the presentation

 

March 18, 2021 – The Perfect Storm: COVID-19’s Impact on Addiction Over the Past Year

PANELISTS:

Lt. Jason Piotrowski – New Jersey State Police
Dr. Meg Fisher, MD, FAAP – NJ Depart. of Health, Special Advisor to the Commissioner of Health
Caitlin O’Neill, Director of Harm Reduction Service – New Jersey Harm Reduction Coalition
Jenna Mellor, Executive Director – New Jersey Harm Reduction Coalition
Slides from the presentation

 

February 11, 2021 – Burnout on the Frontline: Managing COVID-19 Fatigue

PANELISTS

Kaitlin A. Caruso, Acting Director – NJ Division of Consumer Affairs
Chantal Brazeau, MD – Assistant Dean for Faculty Vitality – New Jersey Medical School & Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Robert Czepiel, Jr. – Assistant Attorney General, Chief Resiliency Officer – NJ Resiliency Program for Law Enforcement
Erika Shortway, Director of Recovery Services – Morris County Prevention is Key’s Center for Addiction Recovery Education and Success (CARES)
Slides from the presentation