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Opioid Abuse Crisis Forum Set for November 13 at Hendrix

CONWAY, Ark. (November 8, 2018) – The Opioid Abuse Crisis Forum will take place Tuesday, November 13 from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. in Lecture Hall B of the Mills Center for Social Sciences at Hendrix College. Facilitated by Dr. Andres Caro of the Department of Chemistry and co-sponsored by Project Pericles, ESTEEM, the Psychology Club, the Neuroscience Club, and the Pre-Law Society, the forum will feature three panelists (Susan Weinstein, Michael Mancino, and Colin Jorgensen) sharing their experiences and offering their perspectives on the opioid abuse crisis, which is killing Americans at unprecedented rates and plaguing families and communities, particularly in Arkansas. 

Susan Weinstein, D.V.M, retired in April 2018 from being the state’s public health veterinarian at the Arkansas Department of Health. More importantly for this setting, she is a mother of three adult children: two sons, and a daughter in heaven. She and her family struggled with having an addicted daughter for a number of years, until her daughter’s accidental overdose on Aug. 8, 2018.

Michael Mancino, M.D., is currently the program director for the Center for Addiction Services and Treatment at the UAMS Psychiatric Research Institute, and the medical director of the Recovery Centers of Arkansas. He focuses his clinical practice on medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder, and also treats patients with co-occurring psychiatric and substance use disorders. Mancino is also a researcher interested in conducting clinical trials of medications development for patients with psychostimulant and opioid addictions.

Colin Jorgensen is a lawyer who served for more than 10 years in the Arkansas Attorney General’s Office, Civil Litigation Department. He currently works as litigation counsel at the Association of Arkansas Counties, where he represents most of the 75 Arkansas counties, which have united along with cities and the state as plaintiffs in an Arkansas lawsuit against opioid manufacturers, distributors, pharmacies, and others. The lawsuit asserts, among other claims, that the drug companies willfully failed to guard against illegal diversion of prescription painkillers, causing an epidemic of addiction and overdose across Arkansas. 

The public is invited to attend this forum to hear these panelists discuss and offer perspectives about the opioid abuse crisis, the worst public health crisis in America.

About Hendrix College

A private liberal arts college in Conway, Arkansas, Hendrix College consistently earns recognition as one of the country’s leading liberal arts institutions, and is featured in Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges. Its academic quality and rigor, innovation, and value have established Hendrix as a fixture in numerous college guides, lists, and rankings. Founded in 1876, Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. To learn more, visit www.hendrix.edu