Monday, September 19, 2011

News from Jones Memorial Hospital

                                                      For Immediate Release

                                                                                    Contact:  Judy Burt, Director
                                                                                                   Community Relations
                                                               / (585) 596-4050

Prescription Drug Management & Addiction Conference SET

WELLSVILLE, NY (September 13, 2011) – Prescription drug addiction has reached epidemic proportions. In the past year alone, more than 14.5 million people have reported using prescription drugs non-medically  – including two million teens. Healthcare providers, pharmacists, school personnel and behavioral health professionals are among those on the frontlines of this issue.
To answer questions and provide information about available resources and treatment options, Partners in Prevention in Allegany County is hosting the Prescription Drug Management & Addiction conference beginning at 3 pm on October 5 at the American Legion Post, 23 Jefferson Street in Wellsville. Co-sponsored by PPAC,  Allegany/Western Steuben Rural Health Network and Jones Memorial Hospital, there is a $20 registration fee, which includes dinner.
The keynote speaker is Michael Alexandrov, MD, the medical director at Conifer Park, one of the country’s largest drug and alcohol inpatient treatment centers. Dr. Alexandrov has been in the addictions and behavioral medicine fields for over ten years. Also scheduled to speak is Mike Kettle, RN, BSN, CASAC. Mr. Kettle is the director of Regional Services at Conifer Park. A 26-year veteran of the substance abuse field, he worked extensively with hospitals, treatment agencies, insurance companies, schools and businesses. The panel discussion will also include William Penman, Executive Director of Allegany Council on Alcohol and Substance Abuse (ACASA); Dr. Bill Carstens, Medical Director of the Jones Memorial Hospital Pain Management Clinic; Kathy Morris, RN, school nurse.
The conference will include a review of local, state and national data trends for prescription addiction issues and strategies for managing and screening patients who are in recovery and have legitimate emotional or physical pain. “The discussion will also include best practice tools for collaborative management and community-based approaches to prescription drug addiction,” said Shawnee Bigelow, MBA, Coalition Coordinator for PPAC. These tools include SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral & Treatment) as well as CAGE Alcohol screening. Attendees also will learn about local resources for alternate pain management and addiction treatment services.
The conference is open to anyone interested in prescription drug addiction, but is targeted toward medical and health professionals and offers CME, CPP, CASAC, and CEU continuing education credits. For more information or to register, contact Shawnee Bigelow, PPAC Coordinator, at 585 593 1920 or by email

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