National Family Week - A Community Built to Conquer Opioid Addiction

On Friday, October 26, 2018, Family Service Associaiton of NEPA presented their 9th annual National Family Week conference in Wilkes-Barre. Over 200 people attended this conference, with over a dozen different sessions on the impact of the Opioid epidemic in Northeastern Pennsylvania. The stated objectives of the National Family Week conference are as follows:

  • To understand core issues regarding opioid addiction.
  • To support civic engagement efforts to strengthen family relationships in celebration of National Family Week.
  • To ensure that families and community organizations obtain basic knowledge of the availability and accessibility of resources and to facilitate links between families and service providers.
  • To ensure that families and community organizations have the opportunity to be exposed to new ideas and develop new skills.

WVIA was on hand to record many of the sessions, and you can watch videos from those below.

Welcome Message by Alexis Johnson, Certified Recovery Specialist
Keynote Speech by Sarah Boateng, Executive Deputy Secretary, PA Department of Health

Fentanyl – The Seventh Infinity Stone? - Thomas Franko, Phar.D., BCACP, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Nesbitt School of Pharmacy, Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, PA

Family Recovery - Stephanie Hastings, BA, Recovery Services Community Coordinator, Sr. Project Coordinator, Harrisburg, PA

The Opioid Epidemic’s Toll on At-Risk Kids and Families - Liz Wagenseller, Chief of Staff to Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, Harrisburg, PA

Opiates: What We Need to Know - Janene Holter, PhD, Senior Supervisory Special Agent, PA Office of Attorney General, Wilkes Barre, PA

How can I manage my pain without becoming ad- dicted to drugs? - Dominick P. Trombetta, Pharm.D, BCPS, BCGP, FASCP, Associate Professor, Pharmacy Practice, Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, PA

Use of Narcan for Emergency Responders - Eugene J. Dziak, Emergency Management Coordinator of Wyoming County, Tunkhannock, PA