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For Immediate Release

Contact: Michael Glynn

Weston Medical Publishing, LLC

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

The Future of Opioids:
Pain Management and the Public Health

Boston, MA – May 2, 2019 – The eighth annual International Conference on Opioids (ICOO 2019), is being held June 9-11, 2019, 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. This year, the conference will bring focus back to pain management with opioids and the overarching issues relating to the public health aspects of opioids  Over three days, cutting-edge topics on opioids will be presented by a wide range of world-renowned presenters including these keynote speakers:

Alan R. Gintzler, PhDProfessor of biochemistry neurobiology of pain and addiction research, Department of obstetrics and gynecology, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York.
Dr. Gintzler's presentation, Pain Management in the Era of the Opioid Crisis: A New Approach for Providing Opioid Antinociception While Avoiding Abuse,
 is very important as healthcare providers struggle to meet the needs of their pain patients in this fast changing environment. 

Gregory A. Acampora, MDPsychiatrist, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA           
Dr. Acampora 's presentation, Comorbid Use of Opioids and Benzodiazepines in Chronic Pain Patients, is very timely given the safety issues surrounding co-prescription of opioids and benzodiazepines in many patient populations

Mary Jeanne Kreek, MDSenior Attending Physician, Patrick E. and Beatrice M. Haggerty Professor, Laboratory of the Biology of Addictive Diseases
Dr. Kreek will present the very latest data in the use of methadone and buprenorphine for managing opioid addiction in her presentation titled Methadone and Buprenorphine Maintenance: Effective Treatments for Opiate Addiction.

Dr. Kreek's presentation will also be named in honor of the late Gavril Pasternak, MD. More details on Dr. Pasternak's incredible accomplishments are located here. (Note, you will need to create a user on the system to access the memorial.)

"Now in our eighth year, we have been able to host renowned thought-leaders in opioid therapies," says Paul A. Sloan, MD, conference co-chair. "ICOO is making a positive difference in how clinicians prescribe opioids for their patients. To date, over 2000 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.

 “We are fortunate to have the most impressive gathering of opioid experts anywhere this year,” says Jianren Mao, MD, PhD, conference co-chair.

"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.

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. Mao, "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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