Former U.S. Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy will headline an event Sept. 19 to raise awareness about prescription drug abuse. The event, being held at the Italian Conference Center in Milwaukee, is presented by the Medical Society of Milwaukee County (MSMC).
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 cofounder 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,” said Kathy Schmitz, MSMC executive director. “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.”
Event sponsors include Jean F. and Charles T. Gorham, Milwaukee County Department of Health and Human Services—Behavioral Health Division, Rogers Behavioral Health, Greater Milwaukee Foundation, MSMC, 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.”
Tickets for MSMC and Wisconsin Medical Society members are $20 each, or $30 for a member and a guest; tickets for the general public are available for $25. In addition, a limited number of tickets to a VIP reception being held before the event are available for $100.
The evening will begin at 5:30 p.m. with informational booths in the lobby and the VIP reception from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 pm, followed by Kennedy’s keynote speech at 7 p.m. For more information, to purchase tickets or to sponsor the event, click here.
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