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2020 Symposium: Opioid Epidemic: Controversies and Creative Solutions

On Thursday, March 12, 2020, ACMT will hold a one-day symposium, "Opioid Epidemic: Controversies and Creative Solutions" at the Grand Hyatt in New York City. The symposium precedes the 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting. The event will go beyond the basics and discuss big-picture approaches to the opioid epidemic. We will address novel, cutting edge, and controversial approaches, including safe-injection sites, mobile buprenorphine induction, urban greening, and others.

Supported in part by a Medical Toxicology Foundation Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Grant

Preliminary Agenda - March 12, 2020

7:45 - 8:00 AM
Welcome & Introductions
Paul Wax, MD, FACMT, Executive Director, American College of Medical Toxicology
8:00 - 8:30 AM 
Overview of the Opioid Epidemic: New York City Perspective
Lewis Goldfrank, MD, FACMT, Herbert W. Adams Professor of Emergency Medicine, New York University-Bellevue Hospital, New York, NY
8:30 - 9:00 AM
FDA Perspective on the Opioid Epidemic
Judy Staffa, PhD, RPh, Associate Director for Public Health Initiatives, Office of Surveillance & Epidemiology, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER), US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Silver Spring, MD
9:00 - 9:30 AM
The New Neurobiology of Addiction and Implications for Innovative Treatment Solutions
Petros Levounis, MD, MA, Professor and Chair, Department of Psychiatry, Rutgers New Jersey Medical Center, Newark, NJ
9:30 - 10:00 AM
Kratom, Ibogaine, Loperamide, and Alternative Therapies for Opioid Use Disorder (OUD)
JoAn Laes, MD, Addiction Medicine Physician, Hennepin Healthcare, Minneapolis, MN
10:00 - 10:15 AM
10:15 - 10:45 AM
Safe Injection Sites: Municipal Experience
Shaun Hopkins, BSW, Manager, The Works, Toronto Public Health; Manager, Needle Exchange, Toronto Public Health at City of Toronto, Toronto, CA
10:45 - 11:15 AM
The Legal Case for Overdose Prevention Sites
Ilana H. Eisenstein, JD, Partner, Co-Chair, Appellate Advocacy Practice, DLA Piper, Philadelphia, PA
11:15 - 12:15 PM
Curbing Opioid Prescribing Will Not Slow Opioid Epidemic
Sarah E. Wakeman, MD, FASAM, Medical Director, Mass General Substance Use Disorder Initiative; Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, MA
Point Counterpoint: We Should Curb Opioid Prescribing
Andrew Kolodny, MD, Senior Scientist, Institute for Behavioral Health; Co-Director of Opioid Policy Research, Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
12:15 - 1:45 PM Lunch
1:45 - 2:30 PM
Public Health Detailing as a Strategy to Address the Opioid Crisis -- The NYC DOHMH Experience
Jessica Kattan, MD, MPH, Director, Primary Care Integration Unit, Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Use Prevention, Care and Treatment, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, New York, NY
Carla L. Foster, MPH, City Research Scientist, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, New York, NY
2:30 - 3:15 PM
Bupe-First EMS - Buprenorphine via EMS - frontline outreach that matters
Rachel Haroz, MD, FAACT, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, Division Head of Toxicology and Addiction Medicine, Cooper University Healthcare, Cherry Hill, NJ
3:15 - 3:30 PM Break
3:30 - 4:15 PM
The Neighborhood Context of Drug Use: Exploring Environmental Interventions to Improve Health
Eugenia C. South, MD, MS, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania, PA
4:15 - 5:00 PM
Creative Solutions: Electronics / Wearables
Charlotte Goldfine, MD, Emergency Medicine Physician, Division of Medical Toxicology, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA

Fees & Registration

Early Bird Rates*
Deadline: January 31, 2020
Regular Rates
February 1 - March 12, 2020 
Registration Category 
Fee Registration Category  Fee
ACMT Member $225 ACMT Member $275
Fellow-in-Training $175 Fellow-in-Training $225
Resident $175 Resident $225
Student $150 Student $200
Specialist in Poison Information (SPI) $175 Specialist in Poison Information (SPI)  $225
Non-Member: Government & Military Personnel $225 Non-Member: Government & Military Personnel $275
Non-Member $325 Non-Member $375
Continuing Medical Education (CME pending) $75 Continuing Medical Education (CME pending) $75
*Early Bird Rates expire at 11:59 PM on January 31, 2020Fees increase to the Regular Rate after this date, no exceptions.
**Proof of student and resident status is required to confirm this rate. Proof consists of a copy of your student ID or a letter from your institution’s Registrar verifying student or resident status. Documentation must be received within two weeks of registering via email to or fax to (844) 226-8333. Attention: 2020 ASM. 
Cancellation Policy: Cancellations received in writing on or prior to January 31, 2020 are subject to a $150 processing fee. Refunds will not be granted after January 31, 2020. Please send cancellation request to ACMT at, or fax to 623-533-6520.
Consent to Use of Photographic Images: Registration and attendance at, or participation in, ACMT meetings and other activities constitutes an agreement by the registrant to ACMT's use and distribution (both now and in the future) of the registrant or attendee's image or voice in photographs, videotapes, electronic reproductions and audiotapes of such events and activities.

Event Details

The 2020 ACMT Symposium will take place at the Grand Hyatt in New York City. Address: 109 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017
A discounted group rate of $289/night (not including tax) is available at the Grand Hyatt for attendees of the 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting & Symposium. The number of discounted guest rooms is limited so please make your reservation early. The discounted rate is available until 2/18/2020 or until sold out, whichever comes first.


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