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HMP Announces Advisory Board for the Inaugural National Cocaine, Meth, & Stimulant Summit

HMP Announces Advisory Board for the Inaugural National Cocaine, Meth, & Stimulant Summit
Hugo J. Barrera, Director of South Florida HIDTA, among group of esteemed stakeholders guiding conference agenda

In addition to the opioid crisis, abuse of stimulants such as methamphetamine, cocaine, and even prescription drugs such as Adderall and Ritalin is surging across the country, fed by cheap, potent, and plentiful supplies. The “twin epidemics” continue to overwhelm law enforcement and treatment providers. The 2018 Summit will bring together more than 200 stakeholders comprising treatment providers and public health, law enforcement, and government officials to develop practical, real-world solutions to address the ongoing crisis.

“Everyone is focused on opioids, but the U.S. is now facing a very significant stimulant epidemic,” said Doug Edwards, Director, Institute for the Advancement of Behavioral Healthcare (IABHC). “The launch of the National Cocaine, Meth, & Stimulant Summit aims to bring the conversation on stimulants to the forefront by convening stakeholders from many different areas who are engaged in finding solutions. It’s our goal to provide best-in-class education on the topic and offer a forum for meaningful, actionable dialogue to combat the crisis.”

Comprised of leaders with demonstrated experience in the field, the Advisory Board most notably includes Hugo J. Barrera, Director of the South Florida High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA). Barrera brings a wealth of knowledge and real-world experience to the board, including valuable perspective from serving on the front lines of the stimulant epidemic. A native of Cuba, Barrera became a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) Special Agent in 1983 after nearly seven years as a homicide detective for the Miami Police Department. In March 2016, Barrera became director of the South Florida HIDTA. Over the past three years, the South Florida HIDTA has seized an average of $713 million worth of illicit drugs per year from regional and international drug trafficking organizations.

Other members of the board are: John Dyben, HHSc, MCAP, CMHP, ICAD, Chief Clinical Officer, Origins Behavioral Healthcare; John Eadie, MPA, Coordinator, Public Health and Prescription Drug Monitoring Program and National Emerging Threat Initiative, A National HIDTA Initiative; and Jim Hall, PhD, Senior Epidemiologist, Center for Applied Research on Substance Use and Health Disparities Nova Southeastern University.

Attendees of the 2018 National Cocaine, Meth, & Stimulant Summit will be able to earn up to 20 CE credits including 3 Ethics/Domestic Violence credits.

For more information about the Summit visit stimulantsummit.com.

Source: Source: HMP Holdings LLC, 70 E Swedesford Rd Ste 100, Malvern PA 19355

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