Responding to the Opioid Crisis: A Panel Discussion
Niagara University’s Rose Bente Lee Ostapenko Center for Ethics in Medicine and Healthcare and the Center for the Study and Practice of Religion will be co-sponsoring a panel discussion on the opioid crisis on Tuesday, March 3rd from 5:15pm to 6:30pm in the Castellani Art Museum. Addressing the crisis requires a multi-pronged approach involving members of the medical, mental health, faith, and criminal justice communities, as well as ongoing research initiatives. The Centers
have compiled a panel consisting of representatives from several of these communities. Each panelist will speak briefly about the opioid crisis and their specific role in addressing it, including challenges and rewards they face in this role, and possible ethical dilemmas with which they have dealt. A question and answer session with the audience will follow. Niagara University students, employees, and members of the broader community are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Panelists include the Honorable William Watson, City Court Judge in Lockport, NY; Myrla Gibbons-Doxey, Deputy Director of the Niagara County Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services; Howard Morgan, volunteer at Immaculata Home in Lockport, NY and candidate for the Permanent Diaconate in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo; and Dr. Peter Butera, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Psychology at Niagara University.