Vermont Substance Abuse Conference to Provide Forum for Discussion of Solutions


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BURLINGTON – The Vermont Substance Abuse Conference, Oct. 27-28 at Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee, Vermont will serve as a platform to discuss solutions to substance abuse issues such as recovery, prevention, intervention, enforcement and treatment. More than 350 people have signed up for the event.

“The conference is designed to benefit everyone from experienced substance abuse professionals seeking state-of-the-art skills, knowledge and strategies to participants who just want to learn more about the issues we face here in Vermont,” said Deputy Commissioner of Health for Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs Barbara Cimaglio.

Ongoing efforts to strengthen the infrastructure of the state’s adolescent treatment system will be discussed, with a focus on co-occurring problems of substance abuse and mental health disorders, alcohol use and underage drinking and how the brain is affected by drugs.

Other topics addressed will include best practices in screening and referral for substance abuse, family recovery, methamphetamine awareness, prescription drug abuse, and correctional strategies.

Noted author and educator Dr. H. Westley Clark, director for Substance Abuse Treatment, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will provide the keynote speech at 8:45 a.m. on Thursday.

Substance Abuse Conference Award recipients will also be honored, including the Alan Buckland Award, which is given each year for distinguished service in the field of substance abuse prevention and treatment in Vermont. The 2005 winner is Kathy Duhamel, clinical supervisor of Health Care & Rehabilitation Services of Southeastern Vermont in Springfield. The award is named for Alan Buckland, one of Vermont’s first alcohol and drug counselors, who dedicated his life to teaching other counselors.