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Addiction symposium to feature update on KASPER

Nationally-known experts on addiction and compulsive behaviors, including the manager of Kentucky’s KASPER drug reporting system, will speak at a symposium for healthcare professionals and educators Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Baptist Heart Center Auditorium.

The event will be from 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., with registration at 7:30 a.m. The fee is $60 in advance; $75 at the door. Space is limited, so register by Oct. 23 by phoning 270.575.2723.

Invited are 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.

This is the seventh year for the symposium, moderated by Patrick Withrow, M.D., retired cardiologist and current director of outreach at Baptist Health Paducah.

 Topics and presenters include:

  • “Update on KASPER,” by David R. Hopkins, program manager of KASPER (Kentucky All Schedule Prescription Electronic Reporting) system within the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services. He is responsible for KASPER training, managing the federal Prescription Drug Monitoring grants that support the program and for analysis and research of KASPER data.
  • “It’s My Thinking…Not My Drinking,” by J. David Devitt, a Licensed Professional Counselor who has been employed as a primary counselor at Metro Atlanta Recovery Residences in Doraville, Ga., since 1994.
  • “AMA Announces Obesity as a Disease: Now What?” by Tennie McCarty, founder and CEO of Shades of Hope, a treatment center for multiple addictions, including eating disorders, alcoholism, chemical dependency, sexual addiction, self-injury histories and co-dependency, in Buffalo Gap, Texas. She was featured on the Oprah Winfrey Network’s program, “Addicted to Food.”
  • “The Basics of Sexual Addiction,” by Mary Dietch, program director of the sexual compulsivity and trauma unit at Keystone Center Extended Care Unit in Chester, Pa.
  • “Intervention on the Young Adult/Adolescent,” by Heather R. Hayes, president of the Network of Independent Interventionists, who has presented nationally and internationally on addiction, co-occurring psychiatric disorders, disordered eating, trauma and adolescent/young adult issues.
  • “Detox: Then What?” by Greg Jones, M.D., medical director of the Kentucky Physicians Health Foundation. He started the first medical detox unit in eastern Kentucky at Pikeville Methodist Hospital.