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Community Forum



Thank you to all who attended our Community Forum

on January 20, 2016

A group of more than 450 concerned community members joined us for this informative and inspiring event that provided insight and solutions from experts including addiction specialists, public health, law enforcement, physicians, treatment specialists, community partners, community leaders, and families of those affected.

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  • View the Community Forum agenda.



Thank you to Visual Technologies for producing the videos below which provide coverage of the entire forum. All videos can be viewed below or on You Tube.




Forum Welcome, Opening Remarks, and Personal Perspective

Welcome: Co-Chairs of Onondaga County Drug Task Force

Indu Gupta, MD, MPH, MA, FACP, Onondaga County Commissioner of Health
Barry Weiss, Administrative Officer, Office of the Onondaga County District Attorney

Opening Remarks: Joanne M. Mahoney, Onondaga County Executive and
U.S. Representative John Katko (NY-24)

A Personal Perspective: Deanna

Public Health Perspective: Indu Gupta, MD, MPH, MA, FACP, Commissioner of Health


Panel 1: Crisis Management


  • Eugene J. Conway, Onondaga County Sheriff
  • Frank L. Fowler, Chief of Police, Syracuse Police Department
  • Michael Ferrante, Assistant District Attorney, Narcotics Bureau Chief,
    Office of the Onondaga County District Attorney
  • Jason Casanova, Assistant Director, North Area Volunteer Ambulance Corps (NAVAC)


Panel 2: Treatment of Addiction–Medication & Behavioral Health


  • Brian Johnson, MD, Professor of Psychiatry and Anesthesia, Upstate Medical University
  • Hector Biaggi, MD, ABPN, ABAM, FASAM, Medical Director, Crouse Hospital–Commonwealth Place,
    Medical Director B-MAT Clinic, Chemical Dependency Treatment Services (CDTS) Program
  • Monika Taylor, LCSW, CASAC, Director of Behavioral Health Services,
    Crouse Hospital Chemical Dependency Treatment Services (CDTS) Program
  • Jeremy Klemanski, President and CEO, Syracuse Behavioral Healthcare


Panel 3: Prevention of Addiction–Role of Physicians and Community


  • Ross W. Sullivan, MD, Director, Medical Toxicology Consultation Service,
    Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, SUNY Upstate University Hospital
  • Beth E. Hurny, LMSW, CASAC, Executive Director, Prevention Network
  • Gail Banach, MS, MSEd, BA, Director of Public Education and Communications, Upstate New York Poison Center


Forum Closing

A Personal Perspective: Rob
Closing Remarks: Dr. Indu Gupta and Barry Weiss


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