FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 15, 2018
Oliver F. Hays
Phillips Lytle LLP
PHILLIPS LYTLE TO SPONSOR BUFFALO BUSINESS FIRST STATE OF THE REGION BREAKFAST “THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC AND ITS IMPACT ON HEALTH CARE IN WESTERN NEW YORK”
Buffalo, N.Y. – Phillips Lytle LLP is proud to sponsor the Buffalo Business First State of the Region Breakfast titled, “The Opioid Epidemic and Its Impact on Health Care in Western New York,” on Tuesday, October 16th at 8:00 a.m. at Phillips Lytle’s One Canalside office in Downtown Buffalo.
Phillips Lytle Partner and Health Care Law Practice Team Leader William P. Keefer will moderate a panel discussion. The panel includes the following:
- Gale Burstein, M.D., MPH, FAAP – Erie County Commissioner of Health
- Mark Gunther, Ph.D. – Assistant Vice President of Behavioral Health and Community Services, Erie County Medical Center Corporation
- James Kennedy, Jr. – United States Attorney for the Western District of New York
- Joshua Lynch, DO, EMT-P, FACEP – Kaleida Health
- Steven Przybyla – Executive Vice President of Business Development and General Counsel, DENT Neurologic Institute
- Paul Updike, M.D. – Medical Director of Chemical Dependency, Sisters of Charity Hospital
- Emese Zsiros, M.D., Ph.D., FACOG – Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Institute
We are in the middle of the deadliest drug crisis in history. The opioid crisis claimed over 70,000 American lives last year, more than guns or car accidents. The panel of those working on the front line of this crisis will discuss the following:
- Innovative ideas on breaking down barriers to access to care, including stigma and misunderstandings about treatment and recovery.
- Effective programs that focus on prevention and education.
- Development of non-addictive pain killers and local efforts to reduce the prescribing of opioid-based pain killers.
- Use of data and technology to advance efforts to fight this crisis and save lives.
- State, federal, and local government and law enforcement efforts to address the crisis, and potential new legislative initiatives to assist providers treating the victims of this national epidemic.