Our country’s ongoing opioid epidemic has its roots in prescribed “pain killers.” Some pharmaceutical companies convinced the medical community, and the general public, that their pills would take away our pain.

On November 10, 2021, we heard from health care professionals who helped us to change the way we manage and treat pain. We also addressed the stigma surrounding opioid use and addiction and explored options for the treatment of opioid use disorder.

Watch a recording of the November 10, 2021 Program

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Meet Our Presenters

Below are some of the presenters and panelists who have shared their expertise and experience at various programs related to opioids. Their contact information may be found by clicking on the “Learn More…” buttons.

Be a Part of the Conversation programs do not provide behavioral health advice and are for informational purposes only. Our programs are not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of a qualified health care provider with any questions you may have regarding substance use disorders or related family needs. Never disregard professional advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read or seen in any Be a Part of the Conversation program or video.

J. Gregory Hobelmann, M.D., M.P.H.

Joint CEO
Ashley Addiction Treatment

Learn more about Greg Hobelmann, M.D., M.P.H.
View Dr. Hobelmann’s Powerpoint Slides

Steve Moriconi, DMD, FACD, FICD

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon

Learn more about Steve Moriconi, DMD, FACD, FICD
View Dr. Moriconi’s Powerpoint Slides

Dana DePaul Ellis, MSTOM, L.Ac

Licensed Acupuncturist

Learn more about Dana DePaul Ellis, MSTOM, L.Ac

Sean Rodgers

Person in Recovery

Learn more about Sean Rodgers

David Clements, IV, MD

Addiction Psychiatrist
Founder, Southeastern Executive Health

Learn more about Dr. Clements

Kim Porter, CFRS

Executive Director
Be a Part of the Conversation

Learn more about Kim Porter, CFRS
View Kim’s Powerpoint Slides from 2019

Philadelphia drug deaths soared again in 2020, hitting Black residents hardest: ‘It’s a racial justice issue’
Philadelphia Inquirer, 6/3/2021

Opioid Overdose Toolkit:  Facts for Community Members

Opioid Crisis Fast Facts

The Commonwealth Prevention Alliance Campaign to Stop Opiate Abuse

“Good Samaritan” Drug Overdose Immunity Laws
Pennsylvania Department of Health

Pennsylvania Harm Reduction Network
Facebook page | website coming soon

Find a Drug Take-Back Location
Pennsylvania Department of Drug & Alcohol Programs (DDAP)

Prescription Drug Abuse Epidemic; Painkillers Driving Addiction, Overdose
National Safety Council

Opioid/Heroin Reversal (Naloxone)
Pennsylvania Department of Drug & Alcohol Programs (DDAP)

Pennsylvania’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program
Pennsylvania Department of Health

Heroin & the Opioid Epidemic: From Understanding to Action
Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

Treatment Approaches for Drug Addiction
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator
SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)

Find a Parent Support Group near you:
Meeting finder.

Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research-Based Guide
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Chronic Pain Anonymous
Mutual Aid Groups


There are hundreds. Here are just a few:

Long Bright River
by Liz Moore

Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty
by Patrick Radden Keefe   (interview with the author)

Dream Land
by Sam Quinones

Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America
by Beth Macy


on Hulu

Crime of the Century
on HBO

The Pharmacist
on Netflix