Montefiore's Division of Substance Abuse looks forward in 50-year celebration

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Dozens of health professionals, researchers and patients came together Tuesday to talk about what's next as Montefiore's Division of Substance Abuse celebrates 50 years.

Lawrence Gill is one of several substance abuse patients featured on the walls of the Bronx Wellness Center. He has been in treatment for 20 years and spoke on a panel about his experience using drugs and his recovery, hosted by Montefiore Health System and Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

Dozens of people also got nalaxone injection training, which is the overdose reversing medication
 
While doctors say the community is nowhere near tackling the epidemic, discussions and conferences like this one are necessary to make sure everyone keeps moving forward.
 
Having those who are recovering involved in the conversation is important too, to inspire others.
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