Join Us For SUD Talks

In February, the task force will take its efforts of bringing groups together and sharing information to the next level by hosting SUD Talks. The SUD or Substance Use Disorder – talks are an idea-sharing series of 5- to 45-minute presentations focused on building integrated community models and addressing issues facing communities and professionals dealing with the substance-abuse issues.

Set for Thursday Feb. 11 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Delray Beach Center for the Art’s Crest Theater, the event will be modeled after successful TED Talks and will include several talks from local, regional and national speakers. Among them are Dr. Kevin Wandler, associate chief medical officer, Advanced Recovery System; Dr. D. John Dyben, director of older adult treatment services, Hanley Center; Marc Woods, code enforcement officer, city of Delray Beach; and Dr. Elaine Rotenberg, clinical director at the Alpert Jewish Family and Children’s Services.

The Visionary Speaker for the event will be Dr. Carl Hammerschlag, a master storyteller and internationally recognized author, physician, speaker and healer. He brings extensive knowledge regarding how communities can survive in rapidly changing cultures, the role community plays in healing and how a changed perspective is needed to gain ground in response to the swell of substance use disorder.

“We’re excited to have someone of Dr. Hammerschlag’s caliber as our keynote speaker,” Spencer said. “His vast knowledge and focus on a community’s role in healing resonate with our audience.”

The Presenting Visionary Sponsor for SUD Talks is Weiner Lynne & Thompson, P.A., attorneys at law.

To find out more about the SUD Talks, as well as about the speakers and available accommodations, visit