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Science, Addiction and the Changing Context of Treatment – with Rep. Liz Malia and Friends

January 14, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Today in Massachusetts, opiates kill three people per day. These numbers have been skyrocketing–in 2014, the number of confirmed cases of unintentional opioid overdose deaths climbed 63% over 2012 levels and 20% over 2013.

Join us at the JP Forum on January 14 for a conversation about new approaches to addiction and treatment. We’ll learn that while headlines have focused on the growing numbers of overdose deaths from opiates and the related trends of prescription drug abuse, there have been dramatic shifts in our understanding of both addiction and treatment options.

Our panel will include four professionals who have distinctive experiences with key aspects of this change:

  • MA State Representative Liz Malia (D-Jamaica Plain), House Chair of the Joint Committee on Mental Health and Substance Use
  • Honorable John E. McDonald, Jr., Boston Municipal Court, East Boston Drug Court Division
  • Henrietta Robin Barnes, M.D., JP resident, primary care physician, and author of the newly released Hijacked Brains: The Experience and Science of Chronic Addiction
  • Windia Rodriguez, North East and Boston Regional Coordinator of Massachusetts Organization for Addiction Recovery (MOAR)

Jamaica Plain’s own State Representative Liz Malia, a longtime activist in this area and House Chair of the Joint Committee on Mental Health and Substance Use will join Dr. Robin Barnes and other substance abuse specialists to share their perspectives on this important social and health issue. Dr. Barnes, also a resident of Jamaica Plain, has been a primary care physician treating people with addiction at the Cambridge Health Alliance for more than twenty years. She brings her scientific knowledge and experience to share on the topic in her newly published book Hijacked Brains: The Experience and Science of Chronic Addiction.


January 14, 2016
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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First Church in Jamaica Plain, Unitarian Universalist
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