James Conklin to Discuss Prescription Medications and their Increased Use, Including Heroin Abuse

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. -- James Conklin, executive director of the Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Council of Orange County, will present an overview of the availability of prescription medications and their increased use, including the potential progression to heroin use and dependence, during a presentation at 3 p.m., Tuesday, April 7 at SUNY Orange’s Gilman Center for International Education.

Conklin, who has more than 28 years of experience in the addictions field and has been executive director of ADAC since 1995, is also expected to address the familiar relationship people have with prescription drugs, and the attitudes of safety people have toward these medications, which are prescribed by a doctor and therefore not perceived as dangerous.

His presentation, sponsored by the College’s Wellness Center in collaboration with ADAC, will also cover normal versus abusive use of prescription opiates, and the potential for heroin use as a result. Additionally, Conklin will explain how to properly store, maintain and care for prescription opiate medications, and ways to prevent those drugs from getting into the wrong hands.

Prescription drug abuse and heroin abuse are serious issues in Orange County. ADAC, formed in 1972 by concerned community members, is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to address the disease of alcoholism and other drug addictions by educating the general public about alcoholism and drug addiction as a treatable family disease; advocating on behalf of alcoholic and other drug dependent people and those suffering the effects of alcoholism and other drug addictions; and preventing the diseases of alcoholism and other drug dependencies and the abuse of alcohol and other drugs through education and information dissemination.

Much of Conklin’s experience has included treatment, prevention and education on issues related to addictive diseases for individuals, families and society. The majority of his work has been in the development and supervision of prevention programs and strategies for grades K-12, as well as the community. He developed and teaches in the School of Addiction Studies at ADAC.

He president of The Richard C. Ward and Blaisdel Addiction Treatment Centers Board of Director, along with being a past president of The Council on Addictions of New York State and a past board member of the New York State Association of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Providers.

This program is free and open to the general public. For information, contact the SUNY Orange Wellness Center at (845) 341-4870.

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Mike Albright
Communications Officer
115 South Street
Middletown, NY 10940