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Experts for Trending Topic: Opioid Epidemic

Public policy decisions, science of addiction, treatment, training new doctors to combat substance abuse

12/7/16

Richard D. Blondell

Vice Chair for Addiction Medicine

Expertise: addiction, substance abuse, opioids

Phone: 716-816-7237

Email: blondell@buffalo.edu

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. 

Societal impact of opioid crisis, science of addiction, treatment

12/7/16

Torin J. Finver

Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine

Expertise: addiction, substance abuse, opioids

Phone: 404-468-1579

Email: torinfin@buffalo.edu

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.

History of opioids and prescription drugs, societal impact of opioid crisis, public policy decisions

12/6/16

David Herzberg

Associate Professor of History

Expertise: opioid epidemic; history of prescription drugs, street drugs and other psychoactive substances; drug wars; drugs and popular culture

Phone: 716-645-8416

Email: herzberg@buffalo.edu

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.

Societal impact of opioid crisis, science of addiction, treatment

12/6/16

Kenneth E. Leonard

Director of the Research Institute on Addictions

Expertise: alcohol, substance abuse and aggression; effects of substance use on marriage, families and relationships; interpersonal (domestic) violence; medical and recreational marijuana; prescription painkillers  

Phone: 716-887-2566

Email: leonard@ria.buffalo.edu

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.

Public policy decisions, health care policy

12/6/16

Nancy Nielsen

Senior Associate Dean for Health Policy in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Expertise: Affordable Care Act, health care policy, Medicare and Medicaid policy, clinicians’ response to the opioid epidemic

Phone: 716-207-6866

Email: nielse@buffalo.edu

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.