Addiction and Opioid Crisis Series

At a time when we hear on the news daily about the cartels moving into our community, these sessions are for everyone to get current information on the opioid crisis. Sheryl Hirsh developed this series, now in its fourth year, to educate the local community on the growing opioid crisis, its dangers, the people who fight each day to make our community safe and the professionals working to help people suffering from the disease of addiction. We hope you can join us for the 2018 series.

This series is co-sponsored by The Jewish Federation of Cleveland, The Cleveland Jewish News and is presented in loving memory of Melissa Rae Koppel. Siegal Lifelong Learning encourages contributions to the Melissa Rae Fund in Support of Addiction Advocacy, Understanding and Change.

Kevin Adelstein, James Goodwin, Marissa Darden
September 27, 2018|7 p.m.

Join Jim and Marissa as they bring you into the fold of the Drug Enforcement Agency. Learn how they conduct large drug seizures, the obstacles they face every day and how they continue to fight the war on drugs.

Moderator: Kevin Adelstein, Publisher and CEO of the Cleveland Jewish News

Kevin Adelstein
September 27-December 6|7 p.m.

At a time when we hear on the news daily about the cartels moving into our community, these sessions are for everyone to get current information on the opioid crisis.

Kevin Adelstein, Judge Dan Polster
October 04, 2018|7 p.m.

Judge Polster was handed groundbreaking work when they chose him to work on the lawsuits brought upon the pharmaceutical companies by cities, counties and Native American tribes throughout the U.S. Join Judge Polster as he walks us through how he came to his decisions on how to handle these suits and the difficulties he faces.

Marla Kaufman, Jory Hanselman, Kevin Adelstein
October 25, 2018|7 p.m.

Jory and Marla will take us on an exploration of how self-care, caring for others, and fostering a caring and compassionate community can ease the pain of individuals and families touched by addiction and aid recovery. Our panelists will share their own personal stories of caring for themselves and their loved ones.

Kevin Adelstein, Pete Bliss, Sheryl Hirsh
December 06, 2018|7 p.m.

Partnering with the Medical Examiner’s Office, the Cuyahoga County Postvention Response Team reaches out to those most directly impacted by suicide loss, and provides valuable training to law enforcement teams and potential first responders.

This series is for you if:

  • You are a parent of middle school, high school, or college-age students
  • You are a student in middle school, high school or college
  • You are a concerned community-minded individual
  • You are a social worker, working with addicted patients

What you will get from this series:

  • Information on the growing epidemic
  • Resources to help those suffering with addiction
  • Things you can do locally to help

Program Coordinator: Sheryl Hirsh in loving memory of her daughter, Melissa Rae Koppel. Siegal Lifelong Learning encourages contributions to the Melissa Rae Fund in Support of Substance Abuse Advocacy, Understanding, and Change. Call Sheryl Hirsh at 216.368.4623 for more information.

2016 Substance Abuse Series Video Archive:

Session I: History to Recover (9/8/16)

Session II: No Greater Bond: Mothers and Children (9/15/16)

Session III: HELP! The Who, What, When, Where & How (9/22/16)

Session IV: Recovering Addicts Making a Difference (9/29/16)

Channel 19 TV News did a story on our Substance Abuse Forums featuring an interview with the program's creator, our very own Sheryl Hirsh!