The Opioid Crisis: How Did We Get Here? What Can We Do Now?

This presentation will focus on the national opioid crisis, which continues to grow and threaten all communities, including our Jewish community.

The presenters will be Bet Am member Steven Rabinowitz and Dr. Bruce Trigg, both long time addiction professionals, who will discuss means to address the opioid crisis in terms of prevention, intervention and treatment options. It will include the history of how addiction has impacted the Jewish community in America over the years.  The presenters will also address myths and misinformation on this issue.

There will be an opportunity for questions, comments and frank discussion.

Open to the public.



Steven Rabinowitz retired in November 2016 after 30 years of service at NY State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS), where he spent the last 12 years as the Director of Downstate Field Operations, overseeing funding and program services in NYC and Long Island for over 250 substance abuse prevention, treatment, recovery and specialized services provider agencies. For the last few years Steve was heavily involved with major behavioral health initiatives and served as co-leader of a major internal reorganization effort within OASAS.  He currently is Substance Use Disorders Team Leader for SAE and Associates, a NYC-based behavioral health care consulting firm, and provides technical assistance to various states under the auspices of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Dr. Bruce Trigg is a public health physician who worked for 23 years with the New Mexico Department of Health where he was the medical director for the Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Program and for Opioid Treatment Programs in the state. He led the effort to implement a public health and methadone maintenance program at the County detention center in Albuquerque and helped to develop and expand the statewide harm reduction program, including a needle and syringe exchange program, buprenorphine treatment, and overdose prevention with provision of naloxone. Since retiring from the Department of Health in 2011, Dr. Trigg has worked with the University of New Mexico’s collaborative model of medical education and care management, and was on the faculty for physician buprenorphine waiver trainings. He currently works as a consultant to the Office of Drug User Health for the NY State Department of Health and as a consulting addiction treatment specialist for SAE and Associates, a NYC based behavioral health care consulting firm, as well as doing training for providers on addiction medicine.

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