Panel 1 – How did we get here:
Health professionals shed light on opioid use disorder, evolution of the opioid drug, the impact of opioids on the brain, causes and stages of addiction, the impact on Southern Arizonans, and how the medical community is responding to the crisis.
Todd Vanderah, Ph.D. Pharmacology Professor, University of Arizona College of Medicine
Steven Dudley, PharmD, DABAT Director, Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center
Daniel Derksen, MD Director, UA Center for Rural Health
Elisa N. Gumm, DO Program Director, UA Addiction Medicine Fellowship & Addiction Services Medical Director, Southern Arizona Veteran’s Administration Healthcare system
Panel 2 – In the thick of it:
Those in recovery with substance use disorder and family members impacted by the disorder offer a candid look at what life is like for someone with an addiction, recounting struggles, loses, and hope.
Tawni Terman Opioid Use Disorder Survivor
Brendan Bond Opioid Use Disorder Survivor
Jerry Beitel Parent of a Substance Use Disorder Victim
Louise Beitel Parent of a Substance Use Disorder Victim
Panel 3 – Where do we go from here:
Experts discuss combating the opioid epidemic, including treatment and recovery methods, chronic pain, and strategies to prevent new addictions and deaths.
Haley Coles Executive Director, Sonoran Prevention Works
Jeremy R. Chastain, MD Clinical Assistant Professor, UA Anesthesiology & Chronic Pain Management Clinic
Dan Barden Clinical Services Vice President, CODAC Health, Recovery & Wellness
Kevin Hall Assistant Chief, Tucson Police Dept, Deflection Program Creator