April 19th event features “The Opioid Crisis: The Hidden Effect on Older Adults” workshop

April 19th event features “The Opioid Crisis: The Hidden Effect on Older Adults” workshop

Network in Aging of Western New York Presents a Workshop

“The Opioid Crisis:  The Hidden Effect on Older Adults”


BUFFALO, NY (March 21, 2018) – The Network in Aging is presenting a workshop entitled “The Opioid Crisis: The Hidden Effect on Older Adults” on Thursday, April 19 from 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Meals on Wheels of WNY Community Center, 100 James E. Casey Drive.  The purpose of this event is to bring attention to the hidden effects of opioid drug abuse which are hitting older adults especially hard.  In 2015, 2.7 million Americans over the age of 50 abused painkillers by taking them for reasons, or in amounts, other than prescribed and nearly 14,000 people over age 45 died from an opioid overdose in 2015.

In this workshop, attendees will learn about the scope of opioid use in Western New York, how to spot the use of opioids, and what tools professionals can use to help.  A training component on the use of narcan will also be presented.  Speaker and panel members include Dr. Gale Burstein, the Erie Commissioner of Health, and a clinical professor of pediatrics at the State University of New York at Buffalo School Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Colleen Osborne, Director of Home Care Operations at Schofield Care, Kathy Kanaley, social worker with the Center for Elder Law and Justice, and Niagara County Sheriff James R. Voutour.

The workshop is open to area professionals and those looking to learn more. Attendees can register online by April 13 at www.networkinaging.org for a cost of $20 and the event includes lunch. For further information, contact Lisa Boron at lisaboro@buffalo.edu or 716-829-3712.

“The Network in Aging is a long standing, vital organization which has a special place in the community among professionals,” said Kristin Surdej, current Network in Aging President.  “Our organization has grown over the years and has become eclectic in its membership.  Members are from for profit and non for profit alike.  Membership includes those in the field of aging and others from organizations or businesses who serve those in the aging population”.

About Network in Aging of Western New York

The Network in Aging of Western New York is a non-profit, voluntary corporation, founded in 1981 and is committed to bringing together individuals and organizations involved in aging and improving the quality of life for older persons and their support network in the area. They currently have over 100 member agencies specializing in various fields including education, health and social services, and community and government leadership. Their mission is to provide members with opportunities for resource exchange, professional development and stimulation of interdisciplinary collaboration through networking events, educational programs and strategic partnerships. For more information contact 716-829-3712 or visit networkinaging.org.

2018-03-26T10:28:19+00:00March 20th, 2018|Network News|

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