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.
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.