Drug Abuse Programs Highlighted at Yale Grand Rounds January 14

The Connecticut Response to the New England Governor’s Drug Summit will be highlighted during Grand Rounds at Yale School of Medicine, Wednesday, January 14, by federal and state officials and the medical school.

There will be a news conference from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. in the Beaumont Room, Sterling Hall of Medicine, 330 Cedar Street, followed by Grand Rounds from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Anlyan Center Auditorium, the Anlyan Building, 300 Cedar Street.

The topics to be presented at Grand Rounds include, among others, are:

* An update on the successes of Project ASSERT, which uses community outreach workers as an integral part of the emergency department staff in the process of evaluation and treatment referral for patients with alcohol and other drug problems.

* Description of a model education program in screening and brief intervention for emergency practitioners.

* Projects in primary care that focus on the identification of and intervention for alcohol and other drug problems in the primary care setting through education of practitioners, and implementation of protocols.

Speakers will include:

* Andrea Barthwell, deputy director for Demand Reduction, Office of National Drug Control Policy.

* Thomas Kirk, Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.

* Dennis Spencer, M.D., Interim Dean of Yale School of Medicine,

For further information and directions, contact Jamie Petrone, 203-785-4363.

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