Combating the Opioid Crisis: Pain and Addiction Summit

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PLAINS TOWNSHIP, P.a. -- An upcoming event in Luzerne County is rallying hundreds to help combat the opioid crisis in our area.

The Pain And Addiction Summit is geared toward those who come face to face with the victims every day.

Newswatch 16’s Ryan Leckey highlighted the brand new event Friday morning.

The summit is scheduled for April 20 at Mohegan Sun Pocono near Wilkes-Barre.

The event involves dozens of those on the front lines of the opioid epidemic also called a “state disaster.”

Organizers say medical, legal, and law enforcement professionals will discuss the current state of the national opioid crisis, share methods in dealing with these issues, and identify opportunities to treat pain and substance abuse.

Newswatch 16's very own Ryan Leckey will be moderating the panel discussion with first responders.

For more details and to sign up, click here.


What: 2018 Pain and Addiction Summit

When:  Friday, April 20. Registration and breakfast begin at 7 a.m. Panel starts at 8 a.m.

Where: Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Pennsylvania 315, Wilkes-Barre, 18702

Cost: Full-day - $150

Questions: Call (570) 408-5615

Featuring: Lunchtime keynote speaker, former New York Mets All-Star pitcher Dwight ‘Doc’ Gooden.

Register by Monday, April 16. Learn more and register online here.


  • Fredric Underhill

    Doc Gooden as a keynote speaker? This has to be another WNEPA APRIL FOOLS. They called him “Doc” because he was a, skang term, pharmacist. He bombed and kicked out of MLB for being high his entire career.

    Addiction is a “war” we will never win although we could and must. It is just like the wars in Southeast Asia, Philipines, Korea, violence and many more.

    We have been sustaining addiction with methadone for 50 years due to Payments to political campaigns.

    Read a book entitled DOPE INC.

    • Emma Hogg

      Sadly, an addict is one of the most selfish personalities imaginable. They will lie, cheat, steal, coerce, wheedle, connive, and do the unimaginable in order to feed their addictions. Interventions don’t work. Rehab facilities don’t work. Begging, pleading, and negotiating with addicts doesn’t work. The only thing that makes an addict address their issues is for them to hit rock bottom. Even then, it’s a gamble (no pun intended) on whether or not they’ll get it after they’ve lost everything, including families. Sometimes, they end up losing their lives and it is not meant to say that these people deserve to overdose, but they are making the choice. They are taking the risks, They are harming themselves and everyone around them and they DO NOT CARE who loves them, and who doesn’t. They only care about their addictions. To pay $150 to hear anything about addiction is the most outrageous thing I can imagine. People can hear everything they need to know at AA meetings, Alanon meetings, Narcanon meetings, Gamblers Anonymous, and all of the rest of the FREE gatherings where people talk and walk recovery, not, “Poor, pitiful people. They just need understanding and love.” No. Addicts need to hit the bottom and hit it hard before they get it.

  • Rusty Knyffe

    It’s going to be $150 to hear a former MLB pitcher talk about pain and addiction at a “summit.”

    In a nutshell, addiction belongs to the addict. People who are post-op or suffer extreme migraines, severe arthritis, peripheral neuropathy, and other debilitating conditions involving pain shouldn’t be punished because addicts are abusing prescribed medications, bottom line.

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