Richard D. Blondell is a nationally recognized expert on substance abuse. He can speak to the media about the science and treatment of addiction. He can also comment on public policy decisions related to substance abuse and America’s opioid epidemic. As part of his work, Blondell is focused on developing best practices for training the next generation of doctors on how best to treat and prevent addiction.
Torin Finver, director of the Addiction Medicine Fellowship at UB, is an expert on substance abuse and recovery. He has been interviewed by outlets ranging from USA Today to The New York Times for stories tied to addiction, including America’s opioid crisis. As a doctor who has recovered from addiction, he brings a unique professional and personal perspective to the issue of substance abuse.
David Herzberg studies the history of prescription drug abuse in America. He can speak to the media about the roots of the opioid crisis and the role that opioids have played in shaping the country’s culture and society. He can also discuss the history of public policies on prescription and other drugs, as well as the effectiveness of current laws designed to curb drug abuse.
Kenneth Leonard is an expert on issues pertaining to substance use and abuse. He has more than 30 years of experience as a researcher in this field. He can comment on the growing crisis of opiate and heroin overdoses.
Nancy Nielsen, a past president of the American Medical Association, is one of the nation’s leading experts on health care policy and reform. A member of a local task force on the opioid epidemic, she can talk about what health care providers need to do to start making meaningful differences in this crisis. Throughout her career, shehas promoted policies and reforms that help doctors provide better care for patients.