opioid

GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP — Two panel discussions on opioid addiction and alternatives to the drugs will be held at Stockton University this month.

The discussions are being hosted by the college’s American Democracy Project.

“Alternatives to Opioids: Holistic Approaches to Address Opioid Addiction” will be held at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Campus Center Theatre. Sreelekha Prakash, Thomas Nolan and John Guers will focus on the role of exercise, physical therapy and other therapeutic interventions as alternatives to opioids. They will also discuss prevention strategies to avoid opioid use or dependencies.

“Alternatives to Opioids: Medical Marijuana” will take place at 3:30 p.m. Nov. 28 in the Campus Center Board of Trustees Room. Panelists include area physician and pain management specialist Dr. Patricia Kasica, attorney Bridget Zayat-Hill and former dispensary manager of Compassionate Care Foundation Thomas Olah.

The second panel will discuss medical marijuana and its effectiveness as treatment for chronic pain and other conditions, as well as current and proposed policies to regulate marijuana for medicinal use.

Both events are free and open to the public.

— Claire Lowe