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Arizona Poison & Drug Information Center Stepped up During COVID for Arizonans

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

A significant challenge of the COVID-19 epidemic was the dissemination of accurate and timely information to the public, health care providers and first responders. The Arizona Poison & Drug Information Center (APDIC), housed in the UArizona College of Pharmacy, took on this challenge and expanded significantly to fill this need. Learn from these UArizona experts how they stepped up to respond to the public health need!

Arizona Poison & Drug Information Center Stepped up During COVID for Arizonans

The topics for this webinar are:

  1. How Center transforms itself to become informational source on COVID-19 for state of Arizona
  2. COVID-19 issues that were addressed and tracked
  3. Results and lessons learned

This webinar is made possible through funding provided by Health Resources and Services Administration, Office for the Advancement of Telehealth (U1U42527).

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Stephen Klotz, MD - Facilitator
UArizona College of Medicine

Stephen Klotz, MD, is a professor of medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the UArizona College of Medicine – Tucson, and the medical director for the Arizona Telemedicine Program. He is former chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases and currently divides his time between HIV care, basic research and clinical telemedicine. He is the Principal Investigator on two grants dealing with HIV, the Ryan White Program HIV/AIDS and the Arizona AIDS Education and Training Center. His interests in research are disseminated candidiasis, Chagas disease, HIV and frailty. He is in charge of Clinico-Pathologic Conferences (a Medical Grand Rounds) for the Department of Medicine. He has conducted an HIV/Infectious Diseases Telemedicine Clinic monthly since 2006 to the Department of Corrections in Arizona.

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Farshad "Mazda" Shirazi, MD, PhD
UArizona Emergency Medicine, Pharmacology and Pharmacy Practice

Mazda Shirazi, MD, PhD, is an associate professor of emergency medicine, toxicology, pharmacology and pharmacy practice in the UA Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy and Co-Director of the Center for Toxicology, Pharmacology, Education and Research. Dr. Shirazi earned an MD at the University of Arizona and also a PhD in pharmacology and toxicology. He completed his emergency medicine residency at the University of Texas Southwestern (Parkland) and his subspecialty training in medical toxicology at the University of Arizona. He also has Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Engineering with an emphasis in biomedical engineering instrumentation and biocompatible materials.

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Steven Dudley, PharmD
Arizona Poison & Drug Information Center

Steven Dudley, PharmD, is the director of the poison center, overseeing operations and personnel. Dr. Dudley is a board-certified clinical toxicologist who graduated with a PharmD from the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy in 2015, and completed a toxicology fellowship with the Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center in 2017. His fellowship focused on the assessment and treatment of patients presenting with pharmacological toxicity, overdose and venom poisoning. Previously, Dr. Dudley spent nine years working in retail pharmacy. In addition to his director duties for the poison center, he serves as the director of the APDIC Clinical Toxicology Fellowship program and as a lead for the Opioid Assistance and Referral (OAR) Line for the state of Arizona. 

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Laura Morehouse, MPH
Community Outreach Coordinator
Arizona Poison & Drug Information Center

Laura Morehouse, MPH, is the community outreach coordinator of the poison center. She has served her current role since 2016, where she provides community education and outreach on poison prevention, medication management, bites and stings safety, and more. Laura received her Master of Public Health degree from the University of Arizona with an emphasis in Health Behavior Health Promotion and is a Certified Health Education Specialist. Before working with the poison center, she was involved in state nutrition program evaluation and health education curriculum development for youth. 

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12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Wednesday, February 16, 2022 - 12:00pm


Faculty, Staff, Students, Alumni, Community
R. Ken Coit College of Pharmacy


Health Sciences – Tucson


Melanie Esher-Blair, MAdm
College of Medicine – Tucson
Arizona Telemedicine Program