CASAC To Hold Heroin Crisis Seminar Thursday

The heroin crisis is hitting Chautauqua County as well as other counties across the state and nation. Many areas are organizing community task forces to help address the issue. County Executive Vince Horrigan began Chautauqua County’s response by calling together community and service providers to develop and implement actions to educate the public, help address prevention issues, look at treatment, insurance issues, law enforcement and the courts’ efforts in treatment.

CASAC is a member of the task force working on the education and prevention committee. One of CASAC’s first efforts is offering the following training on “The Heroin Crisis: Dependency and Treatment.” The seminar will be helpful in acquainting community members, parents, and service providers about the issues.

“The Heroin Crisis: Dependency and Treatment” seminar sponsored by the Chautauqua Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Council will be presented by Davina A. Moss-King, Ph.D., C.R.C, N.C.C., C.A.S.A.C., is scheduled for Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon at the First Presbyterian Church, 219 Central Ave., Fredonia.

Workshop participants will become familiar with the signs and symptoms of opioid dependence, withdrawal, and intoxication, as well as historical and ethical issues surrounding opioid use and treatment. Participants will be able to discuss an approach to clinical decision-making regarding matching the opioid-dependent individual to appropriate treatment options, including the opioid replacement therapies (buprenorphine and methadone).

This seminar will also address opioid dependency during pregnancy. Continued opioid use has negative effects on a woman psychologically as well as physically and will also have negative developmental effects on the fetus. The information shared at this workshop will better prepare counselors and other professionals when working with women addicted to opioids and women that are pregnant and continue using opioids or contemplating recovery.

Davina A. Moss-King, Ph.D., C.R.C, N.C.C., C.A.S.A.C. is a certified rehabilitation counselor, a national certified counselor and a credentialed alcohol and substance abuse counselor in New York state. Moss-King is an adjunct professor in the Department of Counseling and Human Services at Canisius College and at The SUNY College at Buffalo’s Psychology Department and works full-time as a vocational rehabilitation counselor at the New York State Education Department The Office of Adult Career and Continuing Educational Services – Vocational Rehabilitation for 9 years. She received her master’s degree in deafness rehabilitation from New York University in 1998 and her doctorate in counselor education from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 2005. Moss-King’s publications are Unresolved Grief and Loss Issues Related to Heroin Recovery: Grief and Loss with Heroin Recovery, 2009, a chapter entitled Individual Treatment in the textbook Substance Abuse Counseling: Theory and Practice 5th Edition – edited by Patricia Stevens and Robert L. Smith; and a course entitled opioid dependence during pregnancy for the continuing medical education. Moss-King’s research interest is heroin/opioid addiction and she has presented her research on acupuncture and opiate detoxification at the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association Conference and the Society for Acupuncture Research Conference.

CASAC training offerings are suitable for community members that are aspiring to learn more about addictions and other related topics to improve their lives and the lives of others.

This course is also for those seeking professional credentialing as a credentialed alcoholism and substance abuse counselor, credentialed prevention professional or credentialed prevention specialist. The three hours are approved by the New York State Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services CASAC renewal and CPP & CPS (Section 1). This course work is also recognized and approved by the Pennsylvania Certification Board through reciprocity.

The council offers a number of professional training opportunities throughout the year. Individualized on-site training, depending upon staff needs, is available. All trainings can be designed either as an in-service training, conference or workshop.

The fee is $45 and pre-registration is required. To register for the above course council may have available contact Kathleen Colby, director of training services, 664-3608, kjcolby@casacweb.or visit

Since 1974, CASAC, a United Way partner agency, has been providing prevention education and community awareness on alcohol, other drugs and compulsive gambling. CASAC is the only New York State Office of Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Services-approved and supported alcohol and other drug prevention agency in Chautauqua County. For further information about CASAC services, call the Jamestown office at 664-3608, or the Dunkirk office at 366-4623 or visit