Media Advisory: Dr. Oz’s Healthcorps to Host Panel on Addiction to Support Facing Addiction over Dinner
Contact: Karen Johnson, Chief Communications Officer
Cell: (703) 362-7582
WHEN: Wednesday November 16, 2016 11am-12pm
WHERE: Long Beach Polytechnic High School, 1600 Atlantic Ave, Long Beach, CA 90813
WHO: Dr. Pedram Salimpour, co-founder of NextCare Collaborative and member of HealthCorps Board of Directors
Dr. Dana Myers, general surgeon and medical consultant for The Spiers Group
Ejiro Ntekume, HealthCorps Coordinator Long Beach Polytechnic High School
Dr. Damon Raskin, internist and Diplomate of the American Board of Addiction Medicine
Sara Schol, PACE teacher Long Beach Polytechnic High School
Dr. Jon Spiers, cardio thoracic surgeon and founder of The Spiers Group
WHY: HealthCorps, a national health and wellness not-for-profit organization founded by Dr. Mehmet Oz and his wife Lisa, will host a panel on addiction on November 16 at Long Beach Polytechnic High School in Long Beach, CA. Facing Addiction Over Dinner, was developed by The Dr. Oz Show, Facing Addiction, HealthCorps, and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to encourage parents to have an open conversation with their children about alcohol and drugs over dinner. Research shows that children who have dinner with their families have a lower risk of drug use. This 2nd National Night of Conversation will take place the following day on November 17.
A recent poll conducted by HealthCorps found that 35% of students are less likely to use drugs after discussing drugs and alcohol with their parents. The same survey of 375 students found that 27% of students have never discussed drugs and alcohol with their parents.
HealthCorps board member Dr. Pedram Salimpour will moderate the panel of doctors. Dr. Damon Raskin is an expert on addiction, Dr. Dana Myers in a general surgeon and medical consultant and Dr. Jon Spiers is a cardio thoracic surgeon and founder of The Spiers Group. Students, parents and teachers from Long Beach Polytechnic High School are invited to participate in the panel. HealthCorps Coordinator Ejiro Ntekume will join the panel with Long Beach Polytechnic teacher Sara Schol.
The panel discussion will be held against a backdrop of sticky notes with anonymous stories gathered from Long Beach Polytechnic High School students about how addiction has affected their lives.
MEDIA INSTRUCTIONS: Photo opportunities and interviews with HealthCorps staff, panelists and students will take place from immediately following the panel.