"We need to understand the truth behind the push for medical marijuana, hear the facts about whether it works to relieve pain, and learn the risks associated with its use," foundation president and CEO Ben Chandler said in a news release. "This year's speakers will give us the latest updates on the causes and impacts of Kentucky's substance use crisis, and will zero in on how we're doing in addressing what continues to feed the crisis and the resulting symptoms."
The 2018 Howard L. Bost Memorial Health Policy Forum is titled "Kentucky's Substance Use Epidemic: A Solutions Update." The forum is sponsored by the foundation with support from Centerstone and Bluegrass.org, organizations that care for patients with mental, developmental and behavioral issues. It is named for Dr. Howard L. Bost, who helped create Medicare and Medicaid, developed the Appalachian Regional Hospitals system, improved mental-health services in Kentucky, and created the vision for the foundation.
It will be held at the Griffin Gate Marriott Resort on Newtown Pike in Lexington on Monday, Sept. 24. Attendance is free, but registration is required. Click here to register.
The forum will feature two morning panels, one titled "Kentucky's Addiction Burden," which will provide the latest updates on how substance addiction is impacting both the heath and economy of Kentucky, and the other "Agency Exchange: Views from the Front Lines," which will discuss various approaches being used by the state to deal with the crisis.
Attendees will be able to attend two of the three afternoon breakout sessions: "Infectious/Chronic Diseases Caused by Addiction," "Medical Marijuana: What is the Truth?," or "Treating Chronic Pain: Alternatives to Opioids. "
The full agenda and speaker biographies are available on the foundation's website. All speaker presentations will be made available on the website after the forum. Meier will also be available to sign copies of his book, which will be for sale at the forum.