Steven Kassels, M.D., will read from his book Addiction on Trial: Tragedy in Downeast Maine, give a power point presentation and sign books.
A physician who treats people for addiction in Massachusetts and Maine, Dr. Steven Kassels gives many presentations to the public about the complicated issues surrounding addiction. Earlier that same day (Feb. 15), he will be teaching a class at the Senior College with Dr. Ira Mandel about public perceptions, stigma and strategies to educate the public and change their thinking. Based on his decades of medical practice in Addiction Medicine and Emergency Medicine, he uses this novel to provide readers with solid factual information that many would otherwise have no interest in or might not hear about otherwise. While illustrating how “stories” can be powerful ways to educate, in his live presentations, he goes beyond his book to discuss characters and situations to help people better understand the complexities of the reality around us. Please see the attached link in which he describes use of media to educate: http://addictionontrial.com/media/
Also from his web page-> “Addiction on Trial sends a powerful message through the medium of fiction via the outcome of a trio of characters with opiate and cocaine addictions. The messages of societal discrimination toward drug addicts and misunderstanding of what drug addiction really is – a chronic illness requiring a similar treatment approach as other chronic diseases – is woven into the intrigue of this thriller. The reader is exposed to psycho-social and biological nuances through the characters’ actions and from gripping snippets of testimony at Jimmy’s trial.”