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On June 27, 2017, the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) and the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) hosted “NOT ALL WOUNDS ARE VISIBLE – A Community Conversation About Mental Health and Substance Abuse.”

Based on the conference evaluation forms, we learned that attendees wanted more time to ask the presenters questions. In response to the communities’ direct feedback, UMMS and UMB are launching a series of half-day Community Conversations that explore specific behavioral health illnesses in depth and provide ample time for questions and answers, starting with addiction and substance abuse.

Dr. Chris Welsh kicked-off the event by defining “addiction and substance abuse.” He was then joined by Dr. Brad Schwartz who discussed non-opioid additions, such as K2 and synthetic marijuana. Dr. Narayanan Ramesh then delved into the current opioid crisis affecting all of our communities.

Dr. Eric Weintraub will address recovery from addiction and substance abuse.  Dr. Jason Ramirez, author of “The Hard Way: A Doctor’s Fight Against Addiction, Poverty and Depression”, will conclude the program discussing the challenges of growing up as the child of heroin-addicted parents

Each topic will be followed by a substantive Q&A session where all attendees, including those at our satellite locations, will have the chance to ask the presenters questions.  Each location will have local vendors present to offer information and resources available in their respective communities.