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Addressing the Opioid Crisis: Lessons Learned from the United States

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Event Rooms 1200-1500

Segal Building

500 Granville Street

Vancouver, BC V6C 1W6

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Experts from the US will share learnings and innovative solutions related to the opioid crisis, alongside a local expert sharing the Canadian perspective. The event will include time for discussion among the panel and with the audience about how the work happening in the US relates to, and can inform, the efforts being implemented in Canada.

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Tom Hill began at the National Council for Behavioral Health in March 2017 and is currently serving as Vice President of Practice Improvement. Tom previously served as a Presidential Appointee in the position of Senior Advisor on Addiction and Recovery to the SAMHSA Administrator. As part of this post, Mr. Hill initially served as Acting Director of the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. Prior to his appointment, he was a Senior Associate at Altarum Institute, serving as Technical Assistance Director for a number of SAMHSA treatment and recovery support grant initiatives. He also served for four years as Director of Programs at Faces & Voices of Recovery.

Mr. Hill is frequently sought out as a national thought leader in the addiction and recovery field; his personal experience of recovery from addiction spans over 25 years. Reflecting his commitment to the goal of long-term recovery for individuals, families, and communities, Mr. Hill has also served on numerous Boards of Directors, advisory boards, committees, and task force/working groups. Mr. Hill received his MSW in community organizing from Hunter College at City University of New York. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the Johnson Institute America Honors Recovery Award, the NALGAP Advocacy Award, and a Robert Wood Johnson Fellowship in the Developing Leadership in Reducing Substance Abuse initiative.

Phillip Coffin MD MIA FACP is the Director of Substance Use Research at the San Francisco Department of Public Health and faculty in the HIV, ID, and Global Medicine Division at the University of California San Francisco. He is a board-certified and practicing internist and infectious disease specialist. His research includes pharmacotherapy and behavioral intervention trials for, as well as observational research of, substance use disorders and related medical sequelae, such as HIV, HCV, and overdose. He has been involved in opioid overdose research and interventions since the 1990s, including the expansion of naloxone access and efforts to safely improve opioid stewardship.

Margot Kuo is an Epidemiologist in Overdose and Harm Reduction Surveillance at the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control in Vancouver. She is part of the team currently supporting BC’s response to the opioid overdose public health emergency. This work focuses on the acquisition, visualization, and analysis of timely data on overdose and substance-related harms for public health action. Over the last 13 years, she has been involved in monitoring, research, and interventions in the areas of Hepatitis C, HIV, sexually-transmitted infections, and substance-related harms. Margot is part of the provincial harm reduction team responsible for the BC Take-Home Naloxone Program. Previously, she was a Canadian Field Epidemiologist with the Public Health Agency of Canada.

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Event Rooms 1200-1500

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