Baptist Health Offers Addiction Symposium
By WestKyStar Staff & Baptist Health Paducah
PADUCAH - Baptist Health Paducah is offering an addiction symposium to healthcare professionals and educators. 

Nationally-known experts on addiction and compulsive behaviors will speak at a symposium for healthcare professionals and educators Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Carson-Myre Heart Center Barnes Auditorium at Baptist Health Paducah. 

The event will be from 8 am to 12:30 pm, with registration at 7:30 am. The fee is $40 in advance; $50 at the door. Space is limited, so register by October 17 by calling 270-575-2723 or email

Invited are healthcare professionals and educators, including physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, licensed professional counselors, licensed marriage and family therapists, psychologists, substance abuse counselors, licensed social workers, pharmacists and clergy. Teachers and school counselors also are encouraged to attend. 

Continuing Medical Education credit hours are available for several professions. The symposium will be moderated by Patrick Withrow, M.D., retired cardiologist and current director of outreach at Baptist Health Paducah.

Topics and presenters include:
• “Understanding Teens (Or at Least Try)” by Hatim A. Omar, MD, FFAP, chief of adolescent medicine at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. Dr. Omar is founder and chairman of the Stop Youth Suicide Campaign.

• “Basic Principles and Advanced Concepts in Pain Management” by Daniel M. Doleys, Ph.D., director of The Doleys Clinic/Pain and Rehabilitation Institute in Birmingham, Alabama. 

• “Kentucky’s Evolving Response to the Opioid Epidemic” by Van L. Ingram, executive director for the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy.

• “The Disparities in the Addiction Crisis” by O’dell Moreno Owens, MD, MPH, who established the first reproductive endocrinology division at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center’s OB/GYN department. He also has served as Hamilton County (Ohio) Coroner and president of Cincinnati State Technical and Community College. 

• “Marijuana – Fact vs. Fiction” by Dr. Withrow, who helped successfully advocate for a state law to mandate CPR training in Kentucky high schools, and continues to drive forward needed public policy changes that will protect Kentuckians and prevent needless deaths due to smoking and drug use. Dr. Withrow has spoken to countless students in the region about the dangers of cigarettes, alcohol and drugs.

Published 10:45 PM, Wednesday Oct. 03, 2018
Updated 11:03 PM, Wednesday Oct. 03, 2018

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