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January 2016 Community Forum:

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



Public Service Announcements: Developed in Partnership with Syracuse University


"It Could Be Anyone"- Syracuse University for the Health Department
"Start the Conversation"-Syracuse University for the Health Department

Other Useful Resources:


"Preventing Harm: Addressing and Preventing Opioid Addiction and Overdoses"- University at Albany School of Public Health
" The Struggle with Opioid Addiction in Suburban America"-The New Yorker
"This is NIDA:Opioids"- National Institute on Drug Abuse
"Don't Let Addiction Sideline Your Dreams"- NYS OASAS
"Opioid Prescribing: Where you live matters"- CDC
Printable Resources:
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Opioid Treatment                                Talking with your loved one about Opioid Use
FAQ's About Opioid Addiction                                      Talking to your Loved One's about Substance Abuse
Opioid Treatment Information                                            Talking with your child about Opioids
Opioid Treatment Fact Sheet                                          Talking with your Children about Substance Abuse
Campaign Materials:
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shareable 1
Opioid Billboard 2
Opioid Stigma Reduction

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