Be a Part of the Conversation is partnering with Montgomery County and Bucks County officials to bring programs addressing opioid use to their communities.
Join us for a very important conversation about our nation’s greatest public health challenge.
This educational and interactive program will feature a panel including experts in the addiction treatment field, ethical prescribers, and those who have experienced an addiction to prescription drugs who have also been impacted by this national epidemic.
Special guest, Steve Moriconi, DMD will address opioid “best practice” prescribing to help us become informed health care patients. Dr. Moriconi is the Pennsylvania Dental Association’s official lecturer on Safe Prescribing Practices.
All are welcome. It is vital that we come together as a community and learn all we can about opioids, both prescribed (such as Vicodin) and illicit (such as heroin), and their potential for addiction.
Together we will:
• become informed health care consumers
• develop language we can use with prescribers
• understand who is vulnerable to opioid dependence
• break through the stigma that keeps people from seeking treatment
• address pain management
• hear real stories about opioid addiction and recovery
We will hear from:
• people in recovery from opioid use disorder
(addiction to prescribed pain medications and/or heroin and other drugs)
• treatment providers
• a health care professional, who will educate us about responsible prescribing practices, as well as choices we have as health care consumers
• local agencies and other organizations that provide support throughout our communities
Below you will find dates and locations for upcoming programs. There is no charge to attend these events.
Steve Moriconi, DMD
Chief, Dental Division
Katie Kucz, MPH
Prevention Coordinator, Office of Drug and Alcohol
Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services
Mallory Perrotti, MS
Prevention Program Specialist
Bucks County Drug & Alcohol Commission, Inc.
Jennifer A. Archut MA, CADC, CMAT,CSAT, CCS
Clinical Supervisor, Opioid Treatment Program
Caron Treatment Centers
Dr. Moriconi's Bio
E. Steven Moriconi, DMD is an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon. Since 1987, he has served as Chief of the Dental Division and Program Director of the Abington Hospital Dental Residency. He is an alumnus of the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, having graduated in 1978, and completed his residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in 1983. He also maintains a private practice in Jenkintown, PA.
Dr. Moriconi has become interested in substance use disorder, particularly opioid use, and feels that education on our current epidemic is very important, particularly as dentists have prescribed large numbers of narcotics over the years. He is currently the Pennsylvania Dental Association’s official lecturer on Safe Prescribing Practices.
Dr. Moriconi’s two-hour course is required for dentists to be licensed in the State of Pennsylvania.
Nina Drinnan, MSN, CRNP has worked in nursing for 30 years, the last seven of which have been as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner at Penn Foundation and adjunct faculty member at Moravian College and the University of Pennsylvania. Board-certified in Adult Health and as a Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Nina earned her graduate degree in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a member of the Pennsylvania Coalition of Nurse Practitioners.