March 10, 2017

Addiction counselor will present lecture at MAC

PARK HILLS – The heroin crisis in the U.S. is said to have reached epidemic proportions, with overdoses quadrupling between 2010-2015.

To that end, Mineral Area College’s Student Activities group, as well as MAC’s honor society, Phi Theta Kappa, are bringing guest speaker Robert Riley II to talk about "Heroin Addiction and Overdose: Mo Network for Opiate Reform and Recovery," at 10 a.m. on March 27 in the Park Hills campus’s Fine Arts Theater. Riley, an MAADC II, who serves as an addiction counselor for the Clayton Behavioral Addiction Medicine Center, leads addiction recovery groups and provides one-on-one addiction counseling for clients at Clayton Behavioral.

The lecture is open to the public.

In addition to serving as an addiction counselor for the Clayton Behavioral Addiction Medicine Center, Riley leads the CB Addiction Education and Community Outreach program. He develops structure and strategy for addiction education outreach programs in schools and communities, which range for simple presentations to half-day and full-day program.

Riley is co-founder of the Missouri Network for Opiate Reform and Recovery and since 2012 has been instrumental in advocating for change in state and national public policy to address the opiate epidemic.

Riley has been recognized as a "recovery activist" and honored by multiple organizations for his educational and advocacy efforts in the treatment of addiction. He was instrumental in advocacy that supported the successful 2014 passage of HB 2040 in Missouri, allowing all first responders to administer Narcan to overdose victims. He received the Next Step scholarship for individuals active in recovery, was nominated for the 2015 Vernon Johnson Award—Faces and Voice of Recovery Organization and the received the 2015 EXMAD Award from Manasseh Ministry honoring former offenders making a difference in their communities.

Riley, along with Chad Saborra, are known as the leading drug policy reform advocates in the state of Missouri.