League of Women Voters To Host Informed Framingham Forum on Opioid Epidemic

FRAMINGHAM – The Framingham League of Women Voters will host Opioid Epidemic in Our Community on Tuesday, March 26.

The event will be held at 7 p.m.. in the community room at Christa McAuliffe Branch Library at 746 Water Street.

Speakers scheduled:

  • Cathy Miles – Miles is the founder of Framingham FORCE (Fostering Opioid Recovery Compassion & Education).  She will be speaking about her personal experience with this issue as she has a daughter who faced this issue.
  • Sharon Reif, Ph.D.  – Dr. Reif is a Senior Scientist at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University, Deputy Director of its Institute for Behavioral Health, and Deputy Director of its National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) doctoral training program.  She is the Deputy Director for the NIDA-funded Brandeis/Harvard Center to Improve Systems Performance of Substance Use Disorder Treatment, a national center for excellence. She has prepared a white paper on the opioid crisis and published systematic reviews in the areas of peer support, residential treatment, and housing for people with SUDs. Her research interests extend to wellness and to the intersection of chronic medical problems, including pain, with alcohol and drug use and misuse.

  • Bill Parks – Parks is a recovery coach at Advocates in Framingham.  Drug-free for nearly 13 years, he’s now a certified addiction recovery coach and calls on his past experience to help those facing substance abuse. Parks is called in to work with patients in emergency rooms at Framingham Union and UMass Memorial-Marlborough hospitals to lend a sympathetic ear and offer support, like connecting patients with recovery options, including detoxification and residential treatment facilities.  He will be speaking about the role of a recovery coach, and his own personal experience.
  • Justin Looser – Looser is the Executive Director for Behavioral Health at MetroWest Medical and St. Vincent’s.  He will be speaking about his experience at these hospitals.

The League will stream the event live on its Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/LWVFram/

The Framingham League of Women Voters was re-established in June of 2017 and has been actively engaged in the community since its inception sponsoring debates, doing voter registration at the summer Concerts on the Green, holding several League sponsored Informed Framingham events, and with their cable access show.

As a nonpartisan grassroots organization, we encourage the informed and active participation of citizens in government, work to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influence public policy through education and advocacy.

The league is open to all (including men) and is a citizens’ organization that has fought since 1920 to improve our government and engage all citizens in the decisions that impact their lives.

Framingham Source Editor Susan Petroni

Susan Petroni Framingham Source Editor Email: editor@FraminghamSource.com Phone: 508-315-7176

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