MEDICAL SOCIETY OF MILWAUKEE ANNOUNCES “AN EVENING WITH PATRICK J. KENNEDY”

Medical Society and partners hope to create greater awareness of prescription opioid abuse epidemic through the words of Kennedy, who has lived through addiction, mental illness and more.

MILWAUKEE, WI (May 12, 2016) - The Medical Society of Milwaukee County (MSMC) an organization representing nearly 3,500 physicians and medical students, today announced nationally known speaker, author and former US Congressman, Patrick J. Kennedy, will headline a Monday, September 19th  evening event at the Italian Conference Center focused on raising awareness about the prescription drug abuse. 

Patrick J. Kennedy, son of the late Senator Ted Kennedy, has become one of the nation’s leading political voices on mental illness and addiction, and is co-founder of One Mind, founder of the Kennedy Forum, and author of A Common Struggle.

“We are thrilled to welcome the Honorable Patrick J. Kennedy to Milwaukee to highlight the dangers of prescription narcotic abuse and addiction,” says Kathy Schmitz, Executive Director of the Medical Society of Milwaukee County. “His key voice on these issues builds on the Medical Society of Milwaukee County’s lead initiative to promote prescription drug safety, provide educational opportunities for physicians, and support our collaborative efforts to provide resources for prevention and treatment of mental health and addiction.”

Sponsors of the event include Jean F. and Charles T. Gorham, Milwaukee County Department of Health and Human Services - Behavioral Health Division, Rogers Behavioral Health, Greater Milwaukee Foundation, Medical Society of Milwaukee County, Zilber Family Foundation, and Pfizer.

“We recognize that prescription drug abuse has damaging consequences that are affecting individuals and families in our community,” said Ellen Gilligan, president and CEO of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation. “Drawing attention and encouraging dialogue around this issue is a critical step toward healing and healthy behavior. The Foundation is pleased to collaborate with the Medical Society of Milwaukee County and others to support this new initiative.”

Partner non-profits and agencies are also invited to display information booths as part of the event to provide needed resources for drug abuse prevention, treatment and recovery services.

For more information please contact Kathy Schmitz at 414.475.4750. Click here to purchase tickets or sponsor the event.  Ticket prices for this event are $25.00 for the general public.  The evening will begin with informational booths in the lobby at 5:30 pm, a VIP reception from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm, to be followed by Mr. Kennedy’s keynote speech at 7:00 pm.  The Italian Conference Center is located at 631 E. Chicago Street, Milwaukee, WI.

Medical Society of Milwaukee County
P.O. Box 13114, Milwaukee, WI 53213
Phone: (414) 475-4750

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