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In-service training on chemical use issues

April 13, 2009

Last Monday, staff at ARTech used part of their workshop day to participate in a training session on chemical use issues.  This excellent training was provided courtesy of a grant to the Northfield hospital.  ARTech was part of a collaboration of local organizations that participated.  Zach Pruitt, of the Healthy Community Initiative, posted the following press release about Dr. Reznikoff’s work in our community.

Dr. ReznikoffDr. Charles Reznikoff provided an in-service to nearly 20 staff at ARTech Charter School on Monday.  Last month, Dr. Reznikoff led a similar in-service with over 125 staff from the Northfield Middle SchoolNorthfield High School, and Northfield Area Learning Center.

The in-services focused on issues of addiction, signs and symptoms of chemical use issues, and potential interventions.  During both in-services, Dr. Reznikoff presented for approximately an hour, followed by nearly an hour of questions and answers.  Dr. Reznikoff plans to provide additional trainings to youth in the local schools this spring and next fall.

The trainings  were made possible through a grant from the Minnesota Department of Health’s Office of Rural Health and Primary Care.  The grant, which is focused on addressing heroin/opiate abuse in the Northfield area, was awarded to the Northfield Hopsital and a collaborative of other community partners, including the Northfield Public SchoolsARTechNorthfield Police  DepartmentRice County Sheriff’s Office, the Mayor’s Task Force on Youth Alcohol & Drug Use, the Rice County Chemical Health Coalition, the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative, and the St. Olaf College Center for Experiential Learning.

If you are interested in scheduling a presentation with Dr. Reznikoff on these topics, please call the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative at 507-664-3524 or email info@northfieldhci.org.

Charles Reznikoff, MD,  is an Addiction Medicine specialist at Northfield Hospital.   Dr. Reznikoff began seeing patients with opiate addictions in Northfield last fall.  He spends two Mondays a month at the Northfield Hospital’s Opiate Agonist Therapy Clinic.  Many of his clients are individuals addicted to heroin or other opiates and working to stop their use.

To access a medical appointment with Dr. Reznikoff, Rice County residents should call 612-873-9780.  Leave your name, date of birth, phone number, the town you are living in, and  a message stating you are calling for the Northfield OAT clinic.  Dr. Reznikoff will return your call personally.

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  1. Brian Tyler permalink
    April 13, 2009 7:01 pm

    Terminology: Why “chemical use” when talking about a subset of chemicals – and a very small one at that – that are stimulants or worse. Why not call a spade a spade. Drug abuse is better.

    But a good thing for teachers, parents and students to be aware of.

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