Spring Keystone Symposium to focus on opioid epidemic April 2 at The Commonwealth Medical College


Event to include a medication take-back and recovery story

For Abington Journal



Gathering to plan the spring Keystone Symposium at The Commonwealth Medical College (TCMC), from left, Janet Townsend, M.D., TCMCs senior associate dean for regional campuses, community and educational affairs and regional associate dean, West Campus; Karen Arscott, D.O., associate professor of medicine at TCMC; Andrea DiMattia, MEd, associate dean for faculty affairs and faculty development, TCMC; Mary Theresa Mazur, manager of regional affairs, TCMC and Jill Schroth, manager of faculty affairs and faculty development, TCMC.


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SCRANTON – The Commonwealth Medical College (TCMC) will host its spring Keystone Symposium, “The Opioid Epidemic: What You Need to Know,” on April 2 at TCMC’s Medical Sciences Building, 525 Pine Street. Registration and continental breakfast begin at 7:15 a.m. and the Symposium runs from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Northeastern Pennsylvania and the entire nation are facing an epidemic of unintentional overdose deaths from prescription opioid pain relievers. In 2012, healthcare providers wrote more than 250 million prescriptions for opioid painkillers, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Prescribing guidelines are changing to deal with the crisis, but those who are addicted often turn to street drugs, such as heroin.

This symposium will offer strategies for the proper diagnosis, treatment and recovery of patients suffering from this nationwide epidemic.

The keynote speaker is Margaret Jarvis, M.D., medical director of Marworth Treatment Center in Waverly Township. The symposium will also include “Pathway to Recovery,” during which attendees will hear a patient’s story. John Boll, D.O. a family medicine practitioner with Susquehanna Health will present on “Best Practices in Pain Management” and the symposium will conclude with an impact and resources panel discussion featuring:

• William Hoban, Lackawanna-Susquehanna Office of Drug and Alcohol Programs

• Erica Hoot, PharmD, Wilkes University

• Shane Scanlon, Lackawanna County District Attorney

• Robert Klein, Susquehanna County District Attorney

• Carl Graziano, Scranton Chief of Police

• The Hon. Michael Barrasse, Drug Treatment Court, Lackawanna County

For more information or to register, visit tcmc.edu/keystone.

Gathering to plan the spring Keystone Symposium at The Commonwealth Medical College (TCMC), from left, Janet Townsend, M.D., TCMCs senior associate dean for regional campuses, community and educational affairs and regional associate dean, West Campus; Karen Arscott, D.O., associate professor of medicine at TCMC; Andrea DiMattia, MEd, associate dean for faculty affairs and faculty development, TCMC; Mary Theresa Mazur, manager of regional affairs, TCMC and Jill Schroth, manager of faculty affairs and faculty development, TCMC.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_ABJ-TCMC-Symposium.jpgGathering to plan the spring Keystone Symposium at The Commonwealth Medical College (TCMC), from left, Janet Townsend, M.D., TCMCs senior associate dean for regional campuses, community and educational affairs and regional associate dean, West Campus; Karen Arscott, D.O., associate professor of medicine at TCMC; Andrea DiMattia, MEd, associate dean for faculty affairs and faculty development, TCMC; Mary Theresa Mazur, manager of regional affairs, TCMC and Jill Schroth, manager of faculty affairs and faculty development, TCMC. Submitted photo
Event to include a medication take-back and recovery story

For Abington Journal

Information provided by The Commonwealth Medical College.

Information provided by The Commonwealth Medical College.

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