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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. Our conference 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.

Preliminary Agenda - March 12, 2020

7:45 - 8:00 AM
Welcome & Introductions
Paul W. Wax, MD, FACMT, Executive Director, American College of Medical Toxicology
8:00 - 8:30 AM 
Overview of the Opioid Epidemic: New York City Perspective
Joanne L. Starrels, MD, MS, Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, 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, Manager, The Works, Toronto Public Health; Manager, Needle Exchange, Toronto Public Health at City of Toronto, Toronto, CA
10:45 - 11:15 AM
Safe Injection Sites: Legal Perspective
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
Why 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
Creative Solutions: Academic Detailing
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
2:30 - 3:15 PM
Creative Solutions: Buprenorphine Bus
Margaret Lowenstein, MD, MPhil, National Clinician Scholar, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
3:15 - 4:00 PM
Creative Solutions: Urban Blight Reduction
Eugenia C. South, MD, MSHP, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania, PA
4:00 - 4:15 PM Break
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
5:00 - 6:00 PM Addiction Medicine Panel

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 have been extended to 11:59pm 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 Annual Scientific Meeting and Symposium will take place at the Grand Hyatt in New York City.
Address: 109 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017
A guest block of rooms will be available at a discounted rate of $289+tax/night. The link to make your reservation will be made available after September 1, 2019.


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