Why addicts don’t stop using

P1050680 (2)Rabbi Harry welcomes Dr. Ramm Hering who provided an insightful talk on ‘why addicts don’t stop using’ to a group of congregants and guests last Wednesday at the synagogue. Many attendees expressed appreciation for the perspective on addiction and the opioid crisis that he provided. Todah Rabah, Ramm! As a tangible expression of thanks to the Lekwungen People for allowing us to assemble for worship, study and play on their lands, a portion of the donations collected at this talk will be given to the Victoria Native Friendship Centre.

Addicts: Why don’t they just stop using so they would stop dying?

Ramm HeringWednesday, December 11, 2019 at 7:00 pm, Congregation Emanu-El, 1461 Blanshard Street — Dr. Ramm Hering will discuss “Addicts: Why don’t they just stop using so they would stop dying?”

Introduction: Medical science has developed a much better understanding of the neurobiology of addiction. Implementing evidence based policies is our best hope at decreasing the effects of the opioid crisis. But why is this such a challenge?

About Dr. Hering:

Dr. Hering is the Medical Director, Addiction Medicine for Island Health. He spearheaded the development of the Addiction Medicine Consult Service for Island Health and was the driving force behind the creation of a Rapid Access Addiction Clinic in Victoria. Dr. Hering serves as the Victoria Site Director for the British Columbia Centre on Substance Abuse (BCCSU) Addiction Medicine Fellowship program and works as a clinical consultant on various BCCSU projects.

Dr. Hering completed BSc and MSc (Neuroscience) degrees at McGill University, followed by his MD at the University of Calgary and a Family Medicine Residency at Dalhousie University. He then obtained a Diploma in Public Health – Health Services Management Stream and completed a Clinical Fellowship in Addiction Medicine at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, University of Toronto.

  • Sponsored by the Emanu-El Adult Education Team.
  • Contact Heshi at heshi@me.com if you have any questions.
  • Entry is by donation: light refreshments will be served.





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