Law Enforcement & Corrections
Prescription opioid use for the relief of noncancer pain has risen dramatically in the last 15 years, contributing to a quadrupling of opioid overdoses and prescription opioid-related deaths. Some of this crisis is the result of undertrained physicians; however, other physicians are clearly running pill mills and other illegal drug operations. This session features a Doctor of Pharmacy who is an experienced overdose death investigator and a family physician clinician/educator who has served as a medical expert consultant on nearly 150 opioid illegal / high dosage prescription investigations with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Federal Bureau of Investigations, Medical Board of California, and other law enforcement agencies. The presenters have collaborated on several successful arrests of illegal opioid prescribers. Presenters will discuss actual cases, including small group interaction, resulting practical learnings. Attendees will gain a basic understanding of the standard of care required of physicians when appropriately prescribing opioids, with a focus on improving patient safety and outcomes. For those tasked with investigating those violating medical standards and laws, the session will also touch on common findings of a medical expert, phases of a prescribing case investigation from inception to prosecution, and undercover visit tips. The session will be fast paced and interactive, and provide plenty of time for questions and answers.
This session is accredited for the following accreditation types: CME, CNE, CPE, APA, AAFP, AAHCPAD*, NAADAC*, ASWB,* GA Bar, GA POST.
*State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit.