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Addictions Will Be the Focus of Albany Medical College Forum

ALBANY, N.Y., September 28, 2012— In response to the continuing critical need in the Capital Region for more physicians and allied health professionals to be adequately trained to treat addicted patients, Albany Medical College is sponsoring the ninth annual Addiction Medicine Weekend on November 2 and 3.

“Many facilities that provide addiction counseling do not have physicians on staff, and family practice physicians typically have little or no training in addiction medicine,” said program organizer Stanley Glick, Ph.D., M.D., director of the Center for Neuropharmacology and Neuroscience at Albany Medical College.

The program will educate doctors, nurses, physician assistants, counselors and other health care professionals about how to identify and treat patients with addictions. The two-day program, which Dr. Glick said will dispel the common assumption that addiction is a “behavior problem,” features a full slate of experts and is a collaborative effort between Albany Medical College and the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (NYS OASAS).

In addition to Dr. Glick, the program is organized by Isabelle Maisonneuve, Ph.D., a professor at the Center for Neuropharmacology and Neuroscience, and is led by Steven Kipnis, M.D., medical director of NYS OASAS.

“This program is the only one of its kind in the region that trains doctors to screen and effectively treat their patients who are addicted not just to alcohol and prescription drugs, but to the growing threat of designer drugs like ‘bath salts,’ ” said Dr. Glick.

Topics covered will include how to treat and recognize suicidal patients, the relationship between substance abuse and chronic pain, special issues affecting LGBT patients, and the New York State Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, among several others.

Lecturers scheduled to present are: Charles Argoff, M.D., director of the Pain Management Clinic, Albany Medical Center; Mansour (Max) Banilivy, Ph.D., bilingual licensed psychologist, and director of the Family Wellness Center, Merrick, NY; Peter Ells, M.D., associate professor of gastroenterology-hepatology, Albany Medical College; Debra Hotaling, R.Ph., Pharmacy Consultant, Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement; Petros Levounis, M.D.,  director of The Addiction Institute of New York; Rob Piculell, L.M.S.W., Division of Chemical Dependency, Beth Israel Medical Center, NYC; and Jennifer Strickland, Pharm.D., research educator, Millennium Research Institute, San Diego, CA.

For more information or to register, go to: http://www.amc.edu/Academic/CME/documents/2012_Addiction_Medicine.pdf , or contact Dr. Glick at 518-262-5303 or email glicks@mail.amc.edu.

Albany Medical Center, northeastern New York’s only academic health sciences center, is one of the largest private employers in the Capital Region. It incorporates the 651-bed Albany Medical Center Hospital, which offers the widest range of medical and surgical services in the region, and the Albany Medical College, which trains the next generation of doctors, scientists and other healthcare professionals, and also includes a biomedical research enterprise and the region’s largest physicians practice with 350 doctors. Albany Medical Center works with dozens of community partners to improve the region’s health and quality of life. For more information: www.amc.edu or www.facebook.com/albanymedicalcenter.

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Sue Ford
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