Opioid Epidemic, Focus of 32nd Annual Legislative Breakfast

Opioid Epidemic, Focus of 32nd Annual Legislative Breakfast

FREDERICK, MD, November 2, 2017 - The Mental Health Association of Frederick County holds its 32nd Annual Legislative Breakfast on November 14 at 7:30am at Dutch’s Daughter. Renowned psychologist Dr. Peter Musser will address the opioid crisis. This year’s event is being supported by local toxicology services provider, CTR Laboratory.

In its 32nd year, the Mental Health Association’s Legislative Breakfast has brought the Frederick community together with local and state legislators to address topics relevant to the current climate. Topics such as ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences), navigating the mental healthcare system, mental health diagnoses, suicide, and more. This year, the opioid crisis is overwhelmingly pertinent in all elements of society including the healthcare, school, criminal justice, and family systems.

This year’s speaker, Dr. Peter Musser, is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Howard County who specializes in addiction treatment. He intends to unpack how we arrived at crisis level and how we might work towards a solution.  Dr. Musser developed and implemented clinical protocols to address psychological issues co-occurring with addictions (e.g., depression, anxiety, and trauma related disorders). He has a keen interest in working with “dually diagnosed” individuals. These are individuals who have an addictive disorder and simultaneously have another mental health disorder. He has delivered presentations on the topics of addictions and dual diagnosis throughout the United States and has taught workshops to psychologists and mental health professionals on the most effective clinical interventions to utilize with clients challenged with substance use disorders, dual diagnosis and trauma related disorders. Dr. Musser is published in peer reviewed scientific journals related to trauma and addictions.

Supporting this year’s event is CTR Laboratory, a local toxicology services provider who works each day to be part of improving the health of our community. “We jumped at the opportunity to be involved with MHA’s Legislative Breakfast because of the opioid epidemic that is crippling our local community, the great state of Maryland, and on a larger scale, our nation. Our background has been in the area of postmortem toxicology with a strong focus on human performance, deterrence and surveillance. CTR Laboratory can help fight the opioid epidemic by accompanying testing with treatment.  Testing and Treatment must be thought of as one and go hand in hand in the ultimate wellness of the individual.  The Legislative aspect of the opioid epidemic is crucial as many people struggling with addiction rely on state and federal programs to receive treatment including those of drug testing. Legislators must be made aware of the shortcomings involved in the approach many municipalities and states are taking as well as the multitude of third party payers denying coverage for treatment,” says CTR’s Joe Magluilo.

Registration is limited so be sure to sign up at www.fcmha.org/lb.

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The Mental Health Association of Frederick County has served the community as a private, non-profit organization since 1965. MHA strives to build a strong foundation of emotional wellness for our whole community by preparing resilient children, securing vulnerable families and standing with people to face crises together. For additional information, please visit www.fcmha.org or call 301-663-0011.