Opiate conference is Oct. 31 at NEOMED

Published by the Record Courier

The Portage Substance Abuse Community Coalition is hosting the Portage Opiate Conference, “Responding to the Epidemic as a Community” from 1 to 5 p.m. Oct. 31 at the NEW Center Ballroom at the Northeast Ohio Medical University in Rootstown. The event is being sponsored by the Mental Health & Recovery Board of Portage County, NEOMED, Portage County Jobs & Family Services and the Portage County Health District. 

Dr. Christina Delos, an associate professor at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, will speak on Medication Assisted Treatment. She will explain the biological impact of opiates in the brain and medication assisted treatment for opiate addictions. Dr. Jamie Marich will discuss trauma and addiction and trauma treatments including sensory-based and expressive arts. Motivational speaker Karen Vadino will talk about stress and self-care. 

A panel of local leaders will participate in a Portage County update session and answer audience questions. 

Continuing education credits are available for social workers, counselors, psychologists, nurses, and clock hours for treatment and prevention professionals. Coleman Professional Services, UH Portage Medical Center, and Townhall II are providing the continuing education units. 

The event is free and open to public and registration is required. Register online at or call 330-673-1756, ext 201.