Senior Living Community to Host Workshop on Opioid Use and Abuse

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (August 7, 2018) – The Peaks, A Senior Living Community, will be hosting the Ethics in the Pines event on Friday, August 17, from 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. The workshop is a timely examination of the ethical challenges of opioid use and abuse facing clinicians and patients in the state of Arizona. Attendees will learn from a group of experts in public health, pharmacy, behavioral health, primary care and patients at this workshop, especially as the Arizona Opioid Epidemic Act is enacted in 2019.

Ethics in the Pines will be presented by Arizona Bioethics Network (ABN), a community organization of health care and human service professionals dedicated to increasing the knowledge of bioethical issues and proficiencies in the healthcare and biomedical research community. To achieve their mission, ABN provides access to research resources, offers educational programs, and provides networking opportunities for biomedical and health care professionals to collaborate and exchange ideas.

Janet Mars, Executive Director at The Peaks, A Senior Living Community, says, “The state of Arizona is highly affected by the opioid use and abuse epidemic, and we have a sense of urgency to be part of the solution. During the workshop, we’ll be engaged by experts in the medical industry and learn first-hand stories from those that have been affected. It’s important that their experiences and perspectives are heard. It’s an honor to be hosting this event.”

Speakers and panelist include:

Ms. Candice Koenker
Coconino County Health Educator

Dr. John Porter, MD
Medical Director of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation,
Maricopa integrated Health Ctr/District Medical Group

Dr. Summer Peregrin, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacist, Dignity Health Medical Group

Dr. Cynthia Martin, MD, MBA
Chief Medical Officer, North Country HealthCare

Dr. Colleen Cordes, Ph.D.
Clinical Professor, Director Integrated Behavioral Health Programs, Arizona State University

Ms. Nicole Zeig, MS
Bioethicist sharing her experiences as a patient

The cost to attend Ethics in the Pines is $25.00 and includes lunch. Credit cards will be accepted on site.

To register, please visit or at the conference.

There will be an additional event on Thursday, August 16, to encourage colleague and sponsor networking. The bonus event will take place from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. at Majerle’s Bar & Grill located at:
102 East Route 66, Flagstaff, Ariz. 86001.

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