July 24, 2018

COLUMBUS – U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome M. Adams will address more than 1,000 addiction treatment specialists attending the Addiction Studies Institute sponsored by The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center’s Talbot Hall Addiction Medicine at 8:15 a.m. Thursday in Exhibit Hall B at the Columbus Convention Center, 400 N. High St.
Adams, a board-certified anesthesiologist and former Indiana State Health Commissioner, will discuss “Addiction and Public Health in the United States” as one of the keynote speakers during the three-day conference. He’ll focus on the opiate crisis and how drug misuse is affecting families. He’ll explore this topic from a national perspective and explain current and projected initiatives available to clinicians to curb addiction.
The Addiction Studies Institute is in its 28th year providing education to clinicians working in the addiction medicine field. The conference attracts attendees from 21 states and Canada, and is considered the largest clinical conference of its kind in the Midwest. Conference attendees include chemical dependency counselors, social workers, marriage and family therapists, prevention specialists, nurses, psychologists, physicians and educators.

Other speakers at the event include:

  • Dr. Marvin Seppala is the chief medical officer at Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation and an adjunct Assistant Professor at the Hazelden Graduate School of Addiction Studies.
  • John Kelly is an associate professor of psychiatry in Addiction Medicine at Harvard Medical School and the founder and director of the Recovery Research Institute at the Massachusetts General Hospital.
  • Brad Lander is a psychologist and clinical director of Talbot Hall at Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center.

Media representatives are asked to call the Media Relations office at 614-293-3737 to make arrangements for event coverage. The complete conference agenda is available here.

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Media Contact: Eileen Scahill, Wexner Medical Center Media Relations, 614-293-3737, Eileen.Scahill@osumc.edu


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