“The Opioid Epidemic: Where Are We Now?”

The opioid epidemic, addiction and mental health have become a central part of the conversation in hospitals, doctors’ offices, courtrooms and at our own kitchen tables. Case Western Reserve University’s Siegal Lifelong Learning Program, in cooperation with the School of Medicine, will host a conference on the topic titled “The Opioid Epidemic: Where Are We Now?” Sunday, Dec. 8, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Landmark Centre Building (25700 Science Park Dr.), Suite 100.

This discussion aims to answer the question: What has changed in the last five years, and what still needs to change? Participants will hear from the doctors, nurses, psychologists, judges and lawyers who are on the front lines analyzing and assessing what works to help those suffering from the disease of addiction, and updating our systems so that this problem is not perpetuated.

The event schedule will be as follows:

  • 9:30 a.m.: Registration and light breakfast
  • 10 a.m.: Keynote speaker—“The Science of Addiction” by Nicole Labor
  • 11 a.m.: “The Individual Legally”—Justin Herdman, U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Ohio; Patti London and Brian Hoffman in the Public Defender’s Office; and Joan Synenberg with the Cuyahoga County Court of Appeals and Recovery Court
  • Noon: Buffet lunch
  • 1 p.m.: “The Individual Medically”—Jennifer Bailit, Andy Getz, Ted Parran, Leon Margolin and Jessica McCullough
  • 2:15 p.m.: “The Systems”—Christine Antenucci, David Brager, Joan Papp and David Streem
  • 3:30 p.m.: “Where Are We Going?” and final questions—Scott Osiecki, CEO of the Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board of Cuyahoga County

This event is for medical professionals and attorneys seeking credit, as well as for the general public. This activity has been approved for AMA and PRA Category 1 credit and is CLE pending for five credit hours.

Get more information about the event and register.