Seventh-day Adventist Psychiatrists Address Opioid Addiction

//Seventh-day Adventist Psychiatrists Address Opioid Addiction

Seventh-day Adventist Psychiatrists Address Opioid Addiction

Dr. Lloyda Broomes Williamson (Hillcrest SDA Church-Nashville, TN) presented her father, Dr. L. Rudy Broomes (Berean SDA Church-Atlanta, GA), with the Meharry Alcohol and Drug Abuse Founder Award.

Two Generations of Psychiatrists Address Opioid Addiction

Across the United States there is a current crisis involving addiction to opiate medications. These substances can lead to severe social consequences for individuals and their families as well as lead to death through overdose. Since 1972, Meharry Medical College has provided treatment services to individuals with various substance use disorders, including opiate use disorders. On April 27, 2017, the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Meharry held its 8th Annual Lloyd C. Elam Symposium, which called attention to the opioid crisis. During that conference L. Rudy Broomes, M.D., received the Meharry Alcohol and Drug Abuse Founder Award.

Dr. Broomes obtained his M.D. degree from Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, California. Dr. Broomes is the father of Lloyda Broomes Williamson, M.D., current Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Meharry. Dr. Broomes founded and directed the Meharry Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program. During his employment at Meharry, he served as Clinical Director and Vice Chair at Meharry. Dr. Williamson obtained her M.D. degree from Meharry Medical College. Both Dr. Broomes and Dr. Williamson obtained their Bachelors’ Degrees from Oakwood College, now known as Oakwood University. During his remarks Dr. Broomes had advice for trainees in attendance. “Listen to your patients, swallow your pride, because in their comments may be the answers you are looking for.” Throughout their careers both Dr. Broomes and Dr. Williamson have been blessed with multiple opportunities to serve educators at academic institutions, health care centers, churches, and communities to increase awareness about subjects in mental health.

During the symposium, local and national speakers presented information on a variety of topics including the complex forces driving physician overprescribing of opioid medications. Stephen Loyd, M.D., Medical Director of Substance Abuse Services for the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, gave an address. Keynote speaker Anna Lembke, M.D. spoke about the prescription drug epidemic in America as a symptom of a faltering health care system. Ingrid Cochren discussed specific adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) that are highly correlated with opioid use disorders. Daniel Longergan, M.D. spoke about responsible opioid prescribing practices. Roy Asta, M.D. addressed the treatment of opioid use disorders in a private practice setting. Mrs. Clara Elam, wife of the late Lloyd C. Elam, M.D., sixth president of Meharry Medical College was also in attendance. The symposium was held on the Meharry campus and was open to the public. Over 100 individuals were in attendance including physicians, nurses, social workers, other medical and mental health providers, and community individuals. Dr. Broomes is a member of the Berean S.D.A. Church in Atlanta, GA. and is an ordained Elder.  Dr. Williamson is a member of the Hillcrest S.D.A. Church in Nashville, TN. where she serves as the Women’s Small Group Bible Study Facilitator.

by Dr. Lloyda Broomes Williamson


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