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The Opiod Epidemic and the Effects of Opiod Abuse on the Brain & Body

  • Brennan's Party Center 13000 Triskett Road Cleveland, OH, 44111 United States (map)

The Opioid Epidemic and the

Effects of Opioid Abuse on the Brain & Body


Dr. Hensley, Medical Director

St. Vincent Charity’s Occupational Health Program

September 14, 2017

Luncheon Meeting – 11:30 a.m. til 1 p.m.

Brennan’s Party Center

 13000 Triskett Road, Cleveland, 44111

The abuse of and addiction to opioids such as heroin, morphine, and prescription pain relievers is a serious problem that affects the health, social, and economic welfare of all societies.  It is estimated that between 26.4 million and 36 million people abuse opioids worldwide with an estimated 2.1 million people in the United States suffering from substance use disorders related to prescription opioid pain relievers in 2012 and an estimated 467,000 addicted to heroin.  The consequences of this abuse have been devastating and are on the rise.

This presentation will discuss opioids and how they affect the mind and body.  Dr. Hensley will explain how abuse of these substances increases the risk for serious medical complications.  Employees abusing opioids can put your workplace at a greater risk for accidents and employee injuries. 


Dr. Hensley has practiced for over 20 years as an Occupational Medicine Physician in a number of practice settings, including experience as a Medical Director in the manufacturing setting, as well as extended experience as a Medical Review Officer of a multi-facility hospital based Occupational Health Program.  He currently serves as Medical Director for St. Vincent Charity’s Occupational Health Program serving the Cleveland area. 

Reservations are required for this meeting. The cost for members is $22 and $27 for non-members.  For those who chose to pay at the door, you may pay only by cash or check, no credit cards will be accepted.  All attendees must make their payment on or before the meeting, members cannot request to be invoiced.  Anyone making a reservation and do not attend without making a proper cancellation will be charged for the meeting.  This meeting qualifies as 1 of the 10 meetings that are required under the BWC’s Safety Council Rebate Program.    IMPORTANT – For your organization to receive credit for attending the meeting you must stay until the end.   If you leave early, your organization may not receive credit for the meeting.


We will be conducting a FOOD DRIVE in September and October at our monthly luncheon meetings.  We are asking our members and friends to bring nonperishable food items to these meetings.  The food collected will be given to the Greater Cleveland Food bank.  The need for food in our area is growing and we want to help meet this need with your support.

The Safety Council will conduct a raffle to show our appreciation to those who have contributed to the FOOD DRIVE.  We will raffle a Samsung Galaxy Tab E Tablet at the October Luncheon Meeting.  Those who participate will receive 1 raffle ticket for every 2 cans/items or $2 that they donate. There is no limit on donations so please be generous.  Donations will only be accepted at the September and October Luncheon Meetings.  The raffle will be conducted at the October Luncheon Meeting.

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