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Join the American College of Medical Toxicology (ACMT) and The Fredric Rieders Family Foundation on December 11-12, for the 2017 Seminar in Forensic Toxicology, "Opioids, Toxicology, and the Law: Medical-Legal Aspects of the Opioid Epidemic," at the Chemical Heritage Foundation in Philadelphia, PA. 
 
This course will focus on the forensic and medical-legal aspects of opioid use, abuse, prescribing, and addiction by presenting real cases encountered by medical toxicology experts. The seminar will be tailored to the interests of physicians and other scientists involved in numerous disciplines, including medical toxicology, forensic & laboratory medicine, addiction medicine, and the legal community.
 
Target Audience: physicians, pharmacists, nurses, scientists, social workers, attorneys, law enforcement, public health specialists
 
After completing this course, attendees will be able to:
  • Describe the depth and scope of the current opioid epidemic and system-wide responses to ameliorate it by prescription monitoring programs, educational efforts, and antidote availability.
  • Discuss the importance of opioid tolerance when analyzing cases of opioid overdose deaths and toxicity, and application of this knowledge in assessing family court implications, and potential performance impairment from opioid use at work and when driving motor vehicles.
  • Understand autopsy findings in opioid-related deaths and certification as a cause of death, potential co-morbidities, adulterants and co-ingestants, and the pitfalls associated with interpreting post-mortem blood concentrations of opioids.
  • Discuss the importance of using the proper specimen matrix and source for opioid testing, as well as important issues regarding specimen handling, storage, analysis, and confirmation.
  • Understand the roles and liabilities of opioid prescribers (pain management, primary care, etc.), pharmacies, and addiction medicine specialists, as they relate to opioid-related deaths both in-hospital and as outpatients, to include the issues of use and abuse of methadone, buprenorphine, and fentanyl.
Presented By:
American College of Medical Toxicology (ACMT)
Fredric Rieders Family Foundation
 
Co-Sponsored By:
Society of Forensic Toxicologists, Inc.
Medical Toxicology Foundation

Preliminary Agenda

 Monday, December 11, 2017
 
  7:30 –  8:00 AM     Registration
 
  8:00 –  8:15 AM     Welcome & Introductions
 
Overview
  8:15 –  8:45 AM      Opioid Epidemic: How Did We Get Here?
Lewis S. Nelson, MD, FACMT, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Newark, NJ
 
Acute Opioid Toxicity
  8:45 –  9:15 AM      Acute Opioid Toxicity: Naloxone Gone Wrong
Lewis S. Nelson, MD, FACMT, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Newark, NJ
 
  9:15 –  9:45 AM      Opioid Toxicity and Reversal: Attorney Perspective on Hospital Liability & Patient’s Rights
TBA
 
9:45 – 10:15 AM      The Slippery Slope of Opioid Tolerance
Michael I. Greenberg, MD, MPH, FACMT, Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA
 
10:15 – 10:30 AM     Break
 
Impairment
10:30 – 11:00 AM     The Opioid Impaired Driver
Barry Logan, PhD, DABFT, NMS Labs, Willow Grove, PA
 
11:00 – 11:30 AM     Opioids in the Workplace & Post-Accident Testing
Michael Holland, MD, FAACT, FACMT, FACOEM, FACEP, SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY
 
11:30 – 11:45 AM     Impairment Panel Discussion with Q&A
 
11:45  –  1:00 PM     Lunch Break
 
Post-Mortem & Laboratory Issues
  1:00  –  1:30 PM     Dead Men Do Tell Tales: Certification of Opioid Deaths
James R. Gill, MD, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, Farmington, CT
 
  1:30  –  2:00 PM     Interpretation of Opioid Measurements
Wendy Adams, PhD, DABFT, NMS Labs, Willow Grove, PA
 
  2:00  –  2:30 PM     Advance Techniques of Opioid Detection & Designer Opioids
Sherry Kacinko, PhD, NMS Labs, Willow Grove, PA
 
  2:30  –  3:00 PM     Case Studies in Interpreting Post-Mortem Data
Robert Middleberg, PhD, DABFT, NMS Labs, Willow Grove, PA
Michael Holland, MD, FAACT, FACMT, FACOEM, FACEP, SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY
 
  3:00  –  3:30 PM     Opioids in Death: Alternative Diagnoses and Co-Morbidities
James R. Gill, MD, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, Farmington, CT
 
  3:30  –  3:45 PM     Post-Mortem & Laboratory Issues Panel Discussion with Q&A
 
  3:45  –  4:00 PM     Break
 
Opioids in Court
  4:00  –  4:30 PM     Opioids in Civil Proceedings: Perspectives from the Plaintiff
Gary Zakosian, JD, Kline & Specter PC, Philadelphia, PA
 
  4:30  –  5:00 PM     Opioids in Civil Proceedings: Perspectives from the Defense
TBA     
 
  7:00  –  8:00 PM     Reception
 
 
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
 
  8:00   –  8:15 AM    Housekeeping & Announcements
 
Use of Opioids in Pain Management
  8:15   –  8:45 AM    Prescribing Opioids: Primary Therapy or the Last Resort?
TBA
 
  8:45   –  9:15 AM    Sudden Death in Opioid Users
Michael Holland, MD, FAACT, FACMT, FACOEM, FACEP, SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY
 
  9:15   –  9:45 AM    Prescriber & Pharmacy Liability in Opioid Deaths
Nadia I. Awad, PharmD, BCPS, Emergency Medicine Pharmacist, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick, NJ
 
  9:45  – 10:00 AM    Use of Opioids in Pain Management Panel Discussion with Q&A
 
 10:00  – 10:15 AM    Break
 
Use of Opioids in Addiction Therapy
10:15  – 10:40 AM    Death by Methadone
Timothy Wiegand, MD, FACMT, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY
 
10:40  – 11:10 AM    Buprenorphine: Less Safe Than You Think
Timothy Wiegand, MD, FACMT, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY
 
Challenges of Criminal Cases
11:10  – 12:00 PM    District Attorney’s Perspective on Drug Users’ Death & Dealer Culpability
Scott Frame, JD, Montgomery Co. District Attorney’s Office, Norristown, PA
 
12:00  –   1:15 PM    Lunch Break
 
Other Cases
  1:15  –   1:45 PM    Fentanyl Analogues, Dart Guns & Incapacitating Agents
Robert Middleberg, PhD, DABFT, NMS Labs, Willow Grove, PA
 
  1:45  –   2:15 PM    Family Court: Opioid Impact on Custody
TBA
 
  2:15  –   4:14 PM    A Series of Unfortunate Cases
Moderator: Paul W. Wax, MD, FACMT, Executive Director, American College of Medical Toxicology; University of Texas-Southwestern, Phoenix, AZ

Registration & Fees

Registration Category
 Early Bird
 Rate* 
Regular
Rate
Member (ACMT, NMS Labs, SOFT) $575 $725
Resident / Student** $275 $375
Fellows-in-Training / SPI $375 $525
Non-Member (MD, PhD, PharmD, JD) $800 $950
Non-Member (Lab Mgr/Tech, NP, PA, RPh, RN)  $475 $625
Continuing Medical Education (CME pending) $125 $125
 
*Early Bird Rates expires at 11:59pm on October 30, 2017. Fees increase to the Regular Rate after this date, no exceptions.
 
**Proof of student and resident status is required to confirm this rate. Proof consists of a copy of your student ID or a letter from your institution’s Registrar verifying student or resident status. Documentation must be received within two weeks of registering via email to info@acmt.net or fax to (844) 226-8333. Attention: 2017 Forensic Course. 
 
Cancellation Policy: Cancellations received in writing on or prior to November 13, 2017 are subject to a $150 processing fee. Refunds will not be granted after November 13, 2017. Please send cancellation request to ACMT at info@acmt.net, or fax to 623-533-6520.

Meeting Details

The 2017 Seminar in Forensic Toxicology will be held at the Chemical Heritage Foundation in Philadelphia, PA. Meeting address:
 
Chemical Heritage Foundation
315 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
215.925.2222
 
There is no official room block for this event. Click here for a list of hotels near the venue. 

Continuing Medical Education (CME)

The University of Alabama School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The University of Alabama School of Medicine is expected to designate this educational activity for 12.5 “AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.” CME for this course is pending.
 
Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. The University of Alabama School of Medicine is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution. 

Questions?

Have questions about this event? For all inquiries, write to: info@acmt.net  

Organizing Committee

Michael Holland, MD, FACMT
Barry Logan, PhD, DABFT
Charles McKay, MD, FACMT
Robert Middleberg, PhD, DABFT
Lewis Nelson, MD, FACMT
Paul Wax, MD, FACMT