April 13, 2019

Featured Speaker

Ritu Bhatnagar

"A Hopeful Roadmap Through the Opioid Crisis"

Dr. Bhatnagar is a psychiatrist specializing in addiction medicine who currently serves as medical director for Unity Point-Meriter New Start. She has a special interest in integrative medicine, including mindfulness training, hypnosis and yoga. Dr. Bhatnagar believes in looking at the whole picture in which the person with the addiction is living.  Dr. Bhatnagar enjoys a team-based approach, where the patient, physician and therapists all work together for a positive outcome. She graduated from University of Iowa College of Medicine, and did her residency in psychiatry and fellowship at UW-Madison.

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Public Affairs Speaker

Skye Tikkanen

Drug Poisoning Prevention Manager for Safe Communities


Dr. Bhatnagar's presentation

Opioid Epidemic_ A Hopeful Roadmap for the Future.pdf


Thanks to the Madison Public Library for compiling this list of resources for those who would like to read more on this topic. 

Lembke, Anna.  Drug Dealer, MD:  How Doctors Were Duped, Patients Got Hooked, and Why It’s So Hard to Stop.  Baltimore:  Johns Hopkins Press, 2016.

Mohammad, Akikur.  The Anatomy of Addiction:  What Science and Research Tell Us About the True Causes, Best Preventative Techniques, and Most Successful Treatments.  New York City:  Perigree, 2016.

Quinones, Sam.  Dreamland:  The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic.  New York:  Bloomsbury Press, 2015.

Sederer, Lloyd.  The Addiction Solution:  Treating Our Dependence on Opioids and Other Drugs.  New York:  Scribner, 2018.

Sheff, David.  Clean:  Overcoming Addiction and Ending America’s Greatest Tragedy.  Boston:  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.

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