Mass. Health Council’s spring conference will examine drug use among youth

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National health and policy experts will address recreational drug use among young people at the spring conference of the Massachusetts Health Council on May 22 at Bentley University in Waltham.
The conference, titled “Our Kids And Drugs Of Misuse: Nicotine, Marijuana and Opioids,” will also examine the risks, trends and realities surrounding these activities and substances.
The keynote speaker will be Michael Botticelli, executive director of the Grayken Center for Addiction Medicine at Boston Medical Center and a former Obama administration drug czar.
Additional speakers will include Dr. Andrew Kolodny, co-director of opioid policy research at the Heller School at Brandeis University and co-founder of Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing; Kevin O’Flaherty, director of advocacy at the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids; D.J. Wilson, tobacco control director at the MMA; and a retail marijuana education and youth prevention expert from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
The conference is primarily intended for health educators, school nurses, school resource officers, superintendents, school wellness committee members, parents, teachers, counselors, coaches, and student leaders.
The conference will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Wilder Pavilion, 175 Forest St. in Waltham. Tickets are $50, including lunch.
For more information and to register, visit or contact Phyllis Cudmore at or (617) 965-3711.