Athletes and Opioids: The Impact and Risks

Thursday, September 24, 2020
10:00 AM

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Athletes and Opioids: The Impact and Risks

The Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey and Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, through its philanthropic arm, The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, have collaborated to create Knock Out Opioid Abuse, an initiative to address the opioid epidemic through community outreach, prescriber education, parent education and a statewide media campaign to increase awareness of the crisis.

PANELISTS:

Dr. Claudia Ginsberg, MD

Dr. Claudia Ginsberg is a sports medicine specialist at the Sports Medicine Center at Tri-County Orthopedics. She specializes in the comprehensive care of athletes and active individuals, treating a variety of musculoskeletal conditions. During her residency, Dr. Ginsberg trained with sports medicine specialists at the Hospital for Special Surgery. Subsequently, she pursued fellowship training in primary care sports medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Dr. Ginsberg treats athletes both in the office and on the sidelines of many sporting events, including as team doctor for several high schools and as a consultant for the New York Jets.

Bill Bruno

Bill Bruno has served as assistant director of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association for six years, overseeing boys and girls cross country, boys and girls winter and spring track and boys and girls wrestling. He was a social studies teacher for 22 years and also served as a coach of football and winter and spring track for 22 years. Bill worked as an athletic administrator for 15 years, and he is the chair of the New Jersey Coaches Scholastic Association.

Ray Lucas

Ray Lucas was a four-time letter winner at quarterback from 1992–95 for the Rutgers football team. He finished his career ranked fourth on the Scarlet Knights’ all-time list in touchdowns (43), fifth in completions (514) and sixth in passing yards (5,896). An undrafted free agent, Lucas was signed by the New England Patriots and went on to spend seven seasons in the National Football League from 1996 – 2002. He and his family have been involved with Camp Fatima, a not-for-profit, non-sectarian organization designed for children and adults with developmental disabilities. Lucas currently serves as the Executive Director for Public Housing in his hometown of Harrison, N.J.

Health Services
Behavioral / Mental Health

Last Updated: 09/15/20