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Working Effectively with Opioid Users and Strategies to Prevent Overdose

Friday, March 14, 2014 at 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Auditorium (Room N101), Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, N 101 66 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10003

Join us for a panel discussion with experts from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, The Center for Optimal Living, and Beth Israel Medical Center on the topic of working with individuals who misuse opioids and learn harm reduction strategies for overdose prevention.

There will be an update on recent trends in opioid use in NYC, along with a discussion of an integrative harm reduction approach to address opioid misuse and strategies for preventing overdose.  This event is designed for professionals working in the mental health and substance abuse treatment communities and graduate students who wish to educate themselves about opioid use and effective strategies to reduce risk among individuals using opioids.

This free event sponsored by The New School for Social Research Psychology Department  is open to the public. There will be time for questions and discussion. Please register to reserve your seat by clicking on the top right registrar button.

Panel Speakers:

Denise Paone, EdD is the Director of Research and Surveillance in the Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Use Prevention, Care and Treatment at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. She received her Masters and Doctoral degrees from Columbia University and has worked in the field of public health, harm reduction, and substance use research for more than twenty-five years. Before her tenure at the NYC Department of Health, Dr. Paone was the Director of Research at Beth Israel Chemical Dependency Institute, where she conducted many local, national and international drug studies and syringe exchange program evaluation studies. Dr. Paone is currently conducting drug related morbidity and mortality studies, with a special emphasis on unintentional drug poisoning deaths and opioid analgesic use. She is directing a new real-time drug surveillance project, RxStat, which is an innovative collaboration between Public Health and Public Safety, an initiative of the Mayor’s Task Force on prescription painkillers. Dr. Paone is the chair of the overdose sub-committee for the National Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE). She has published numerous City publications and scientific peer reviewed articles.

Alexandra Harocopos, MS is a senior data analyst with RxStat, an innovative real-time drug surveillance project housed at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Use Prevention, Care and Treatment. She has been conducting substance use research for more than 15 years in both the UK and the US. Alex’s work includes studies of drug-markets, the initiation into injecting drug use, drug use in post-Katrina New Orleans and prescription drug misuse. She is currently conducting a qualitative study examining opioid analgesic misuse in New York City with a focus on the initiation and trajectory of use and the mechanisms of diversion from medical to non-medical use. Alexandra received her Masters from London South Bank University and is pursuing her Doctoral degree in Criminal Justice at the CUNY Graduate Center.

Andrew Tatarsky, PhD is founder and director of the Center for Optimal Living in NYC, a treatment and professional training center based on Integrative Harm Reduction Therapy (IHRP) for the spectrum of substance misuse and other high-risk behaviors. He earned his doctorate in clinical psychology from the City University of New York. He is a Clinical Advisor to the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services of New York State, Founding board member and current President of the Division on Addiction of New York State Psychological Association, Chairman of the Board of Moderation Management Network, founding board member of Association for Harm Reduction Therapy and Chairman of Mental Health Professionals in Harm Reduction and Faculty, Advanced Specialization in Family and Couple Therapy, The Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, New York University.

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Lectures and Panel Discussions


General Public


The New School for Social Research


Health, Wellness and Therapy, Psychology, New York City

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