Step it Up: Best Practices for Improving SUD/OUD Treatment in the Fentanyl Era

The addition of fentanyl to the nation’s drug supply has dramatically escalated overdose deaths and required providers to urgently “step up” our collective efforts to treat SUD & OUD – requiring compassion, commitment, and innovation. This conference provides prescribers and their multi-professional teams the opportunity to hear from national speakers and their colleagues and explore innovative strategies to advance our treatment efforts. Join us to hear advances on the latest in practices to initiate buprenorphine and its new formulations, create contingency management programs to address stimulant use, implement peer services, partner with corrections, and more. Join your colleagues to explore how we can together step it up – it’s about saving lives.


  • Deborah Hagler
    Deborah Hagler
    MD, FAAP

    Deborah Hagler, MD, FAAP attended Duke University and Cornell Medical College and did her pediatric training at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Throughout her educational journey she has been involved in collaborative efforts to educate her community. As a resident in Philadelphia she worked with at risk youth in a local homeless shelter and helped organize a series of talks for residents to educate herself and colleagues about social determinants of health. For these efforts receiving the Nancy Barnhart Community Service Award and the Senior Resident Humanitarian award.

    Dr. Hagler is an active member of the community serving as the school physician for many of years and working with many local organizations on issues pertinent to children’s health and wellbeing. She has been the recipient of several Community Builder Awards from the local United Way.

    Dr. Hagler is currently a pediatrician and Director of the Community Health and Wellness Center at Mid Coast Hospital and is the immediate past President of the Maine Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She recently completed a Masters of Public Health at the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University focusing on child and adolescent mental health and is using many of her new skills to lead a multi stakeholder coalition to improve children’s mental health and spearheading the creation of a substance abuse treatment clinic for adolescents in the Mid Coast Region.


Jun 14 2023


8:00 am - 4:10 pm

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