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For Immediate Release

Contact: Michael Glynn

Weston Medical Publishing, LLC

781-899-2702 ext 103 or 781-647-7800 (cell)

OPIOIDS IN MEDICINE: Perception and Reality

Boston, MA – June 6, 2018 – The seventh annual International Conference on Opioids (ICOO 2018), is being held June 10-12, 2018, at the Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical School, 77 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston, MA.  

The conference will explore emerging opioid research and clinical applications aimed at improving patient care, reducing risk and addressing the current opioid epidemic. Over three days, cutting-edge topics on opioids will be presented by a wide range of world-renowned presenters including these keynote speakers:

Elinore McCance-Katz, MD, PhD, first Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services for Mental Health and Substance Use, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Dr. McCance-Katz will articulate how the Federal government has developed a multipronged, long-term strategy to address pain during the opioid crisis in her presentation Opioids for Pain Management and the Public Health Crisis.”

Dr. Mark Ware, MBBS MRCP (UK), a world-renowned pain specialist and medical cannabis researcher, a family physician and Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Anesthesia at McGill University. Dr. Ware in his presentation “Medical Cannabinoids for the Management of Chronic Noncancer Pain” will discuss the co-administration of cannabinoids and opioids in modern pain management.

Daniel P. Alford, MD, MPH, Professor of Medicine, Associate Dean of Continuing Medical Education and Director of the Safe and Competent Opioid Prescribing Education (SCOPE of Pain) program at Boston University School of Medicine, will discuss the effectiveness of ongoing efforts to educate doctors and other healthcare professional on the proper use of opioids in pain management.

Adam Bisaga, MD, Professor of Psychiatry, Columbia University Medical Center, Curriculum Director, New York State Psychiatric Institute, New York, New York. Dr. Adam Bisaga with detail how healthcare providers can actively participate in solving the opioid abuse crisis in his presentation “Primary Care Providers Can Treat Opioid Use Disorder and Help End the Epidemic.”

"Now in our seventh year, we have been able to host renowned thought-leaders in opioid therapies," says Paul A. Sloan, MD, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Opioid Management, presenter of the conference, "ICOO is making a positive difference in how clinicians prescribe opioids for their patients. To date, over 1500 medical professionals have attended the conference."

The conference is designed to enlighten practitioners and others with an interest in applied opioid pharmacology with the public health aspects of opioid therapy and present them with new data, essential information and best practices they need to know when prescribing these powerful medications. As the clinical use of opioids has risen over the past two decades, opioid-associated harm has risen in parallel. Researchers, educators, practitioners, and policymakers are all intently working to address this challenge.

"Taken as prescribed, opioids can be used to manage pain safely and effectively. However, when abused, even a single large dose can cause severe respiratory depression and death".1 Opioid drug abuse is the Nation's fastest-growing drug problem and is classified as an epidemic by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Education for prescribers is the key to effective opioid use and avoidance of misuse, abuse, addiction, and death. “We are fortunate to have the most impressive gathering of opioid experts anywhere this year,” says Dr. Richard Dart, MD, PhD, conference co-chair.

The International Conference on Opioids (, presented by the Journal of Opioid Management, provides a unique forum to address the proper and responsible use of opioids and the growing problems associated with misuse, abuse and addiction. "We plan an evidence-based educational conference" added Dr. Dart, "and look to provide the latest research on opioids, as well as a spirited debate on the future of opioid therapies."

For further information, please contact Michael J. Glynn, International Conference on Opioids, 781-899-2702, ext 103 or 781-647-7800, or

The Journal of Opioid Management ( is the only professional, peer-reviewed journal focused exclusively on the safe and responsible use of opioids. With an editorial staff and review board of the world's leading experts in the field, the Journal provides guidance to physicians and healthcare professionals on how to safely prescribe and responsibly manage these drugs. The Journal of Opioid Management, ISSN 1551-7489, is published bi-monthly by Weston Medical Publishing, LLC.

1. NIDA. (2015). Health, United States. Retrieved from National Institute on Drug Abuse: 


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