The Delray Beach Drug Task Force is hosting “SUD Talks,” a discussion about substance abuse issues featuring speakers expert on the subject.
    The SUD, or substance use disorder, talks will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. on Feb. 11 at the Old School Square’s Crest Theatre, at 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach.
    The event is open to the public. Cost is $25.
    The talks are a series of discussions lasting five minutes or up to 45 minutes in which experts talk about issues that affect communities.  
    “This event is relevant to our community at large and to neighboring cities facing the same issues, while at the same time trying to determine their role in finding solutions,” said Suzanne Spencer, drug task force executive director. “Our speakers will be presenting ideas for change that communities can use so that residents and the members of the recovery community can coexist.”
    The keynote speaker for the event will be Dr. Carl Hammerschlag, an internationally known author, physician and speaker. He will discuss the role communities play in healing and how a new perspective is needed to tackle the growing substance abuse problem.
    Other speakers include Dr. Kevin Wandler, associate chief medical officer at Advanced Recovery Systems; Dr. D. John Dyben, director of older adult treatment services at the Hanley Foundation; Marc Woods, a Delray Beach code enforcement officer; and Dr. Elaine Rotenberg, clinical director at the Alpert Jewish Family and Children’s Services center.
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— Henry Fitzgerald

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