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Addressing the Opioid Crisis: Lessons Learned from the United States

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The Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction, with support from the United States Embassy in Ottawa, is holding a cross-Canada speaker series to share knowledge related to the opioid crisis.

The third event in the series, entitled Addressing the Opioid Crisis: Lessons Learned from the United States, will be held on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 from 9:30 am to 11:30 AM.

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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Dr. Ballantyne received her medical degree from the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine in London, England. She trained in Anaesthesia at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, England, before moving to the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), Harvard University, Boston in 1990. She began her research career working with statisticians at Harvard School of Public Health and Tufts Center for Evidence-based Medicine, developing an evidence base for Agency for Healthcare Policy and Research (AHCPR, now AHRQ) pain guidelines. She became Chief of the Division of Pain Medicine in MGH in 1999. She moved to the University of Washington in 2011 as UW Medicine Professor of Education and Research. She has editorial roles in several leading journals and textbooks, is a widely published author, and is involved in the development of on-line educational programs. She was a Board member of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) from 2000-2016, was concurrently chair of its Education Endorsement Committee, and is currently chair of its Opioid Position Statement Task Force. In 2014 she was appointed President of Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing (PROP), a group of physicians that promotes rational opioid prescribing through advocacy, research and education.


Dr. Komaromy is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Associate Director of the ECHO Institute (echo.unm.edu), which is a program based at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center that is aimed at expanding access to treatment for traditionally underserved populations. She is Director for ECHO’s behavioral health intiatives, which engage and support primary care teams in treating addiction and mental health disorders. Through this program she has trained more than 500 US physicians to provide buprenorphine treatment for opioid use disorder, and directs a program that offers Opioid ECHO programs from 5 different hubs across the US. She is board certified in Addiction Medicine and serves on the national Board of Directors of the American Society of Addiction Medicine. She practices addiction medicine in a primary care outpatient setting and has served as medical director for the NM State Addiction Treatment Hospital. She lectures nationally on clinical and health policy issues related to integration of addiction treatment into the primary care setting, and on the use of the ECHO model to train primary care providers to treat common, complex diseases such as mental health and substance use disorders.

Dr Ginette Poulin is a Registered Dietitian and Family Physician who specializes in Addictions Medicine (B.Sc., B.Sc (H.N.S.), RD, MD, CFPC, ISAM, CMCBT) originating from Thompson, Manitoba. After having ventured to various provinces and countries to pursue her studies, she has returned to her home province where she is currently practicing medicine in a variety of settings. Experienced in both rural and urban health care; she delivers health services through emergency, hospital, clinic, and inner city house calls. She has a special interest and international certification in Addictions Medicine, offering services in Opiate Replacement Therapy and Residential Programs. She serves vulnerable populations including those that reside in the inner city and marginalized populations provincial-wide along with those suffering from mental health and addictions issues. She is bilingual (French and English) and has good working knowledge in Spanish. She has taken on Leadership roles in medicine serving as Medical Director at the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba and also as the Director of the Mentorship and Clinical Enhancement Program for International Medical Graduates at the College of Medicine, University of Manitoba. She serves on numerous committees including physician examination and qualification standards with the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Medical Council of Canada. She is the clinical lead (Prairie Node for CRISM - Canadian Research Initiative in Substance Misuse) for the development of the National Clinical Practice Guidelines on management of Opioid Use Disorders. She advocates for the vulnerable and her patients’ needs with positions such as co-chair of the Manitoba Provincial Opiate Replacement Committee, and as a board member of Main Street Project. She strives to contribute in the improvement of health care - its delivery, access, as well as its quality for all Manitobans alike.

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