May 14, 2021 – Rosenblum, a former federal prosecutor and state judge serving in her third term as attorney general, has prioritized expanding understanding of addiction, treatment and recovery within the state’s justice system and assisting local and state leaders in their missions to treat substance use disorder and create communities free from addiction. Dr. Lembke, professor and medical director of addiction medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine, was one of the first in the medical community to sound the alarm regarding opioid overprescribing and the opioid epidemic. Her book—Drug Dealer, MD: How Doctors Were Duped, Patients Got Hooked, and Why It’s So Hard to Stop—helped educate the public and policymakers across the country about the causes of and solutions to the national addition crisis.

“Attorney General Rosenblum and Dr. Lembke understand that addiction is a public health problem so big and complex it requires leadership and change at every level and in every area of society, and we’re grateful for the tremendous impact they’ve made in their respective spheres of influence,” Mishek said.

Nationally known speaker and bestselling author William C. Moyers, Hazelden Betty Ford’s vice president of public affairs and community relations, will emcee. Speakers will include Mishek; Hazelden Betty Ford CEO Designate Joseph Lee, MD, who takes the helm of the nonprofit on June 28; and Hazelden Betty Ford Executive Director of Medical and Professional Education Joseph Skrajewski—with special guest Susan Ford Bales, daughter of former First Lady Betty Ford and longtime trustee of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation.

All proceeds from the Humanitarian Awards event will support Hazelden Betty Ford’s Addiction & Recovery Institute for Medical Education, which serves as a national training center for health care professionals.



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