Recovery Matters founders Brianne Fitzgerald, Ronald Hill, Gregory Davis, Savina Martin, Allison Burns, Jake Nichols, Marie Trenouth, John Having, Donna White, and Fernando Velazquez call for change, encourage swapping quick fixes for long term recovery. Frustrated by the lack of progress in the fight against the raging opioid epidemic, these addiction treatment experts, social policy advocates, and human rights activists call for officials to organize the kind of coordinated effort that was used to tackle HIV and AIDS decades ago.
Opening remarks: Woody Giessmann, former drummer of the rock band The Del Fuegos and founder of Right Turn Intensive Outpatient, Medication Assisted Treatment, and an Extended Care Housing Program
Public Safety: Police Officer Dennis Keenan, Quincy Police Department
Polypharmacy and Medication Assisted Treatment: Allison Burns, CEO End Mass Overdose, Inc.
Revisionist History, Human Rights and Stigma: Savina Martin, founding leader of the National Union of the Homeless (NUH), Brianne Fitzgerald, psychiatric nurse practitioner
Long term recovery: Gregory Davis, Boston Housing Authority, Ronald Hill, human rights activist, Marie Trenouth, registered nurse, Fernando Velazquez, licensed drug and alcohol counselor