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President’s Perspective

President’s Perspective: October 2017

As we head into a busy winter of ACMT preparation and educational activity, I encourage all members to attend the ACMT Seminars in Forensic Toxicology (SFT) being held December 11-12 at the Chemical Heritage Foundation in Philadelphia: http://www.acmt.net/2017_ACMT_Seminar_in_Forensic_Toxicology.html.

The early bird registration deadline is coming up next week – take a moment and click now to register. Presented by ACMT and the Fredric Rieders Family Foundation and co-sponsored by the Society of Forensic Toxicologists, Inc. and the Medical Toxicology Foundation, this promises to be an exceptional 2 days that will provide you with practical information as you meet with your colleagues to discuss difficult issues, all the more timely because of the opioid crisis’ impact on all of us

I have been involved with each SFT since they began in 2009. They are always a great opportunity to learn, discuss and debate the science that informs our expert opinions on a variety of topics. No matter what the nature of your toxicology practice, you should find value in this 2-day focus on “Opioids, Toxicology, and the Law: Medical-Legal Aspects of the Opioid Epidemic.” If you are:

  • Seeing patients clinically, your experience assists the “trier of fact” to settle disputes or criminal proceedings;
  • Among the more than 10% of our membership active in Addiction Medicine practices, your perspective is so needed in the courtroom;
  • Involved in hospital administration or working with your state medical board, you can better inform policy;
  • Active in resident and fellow education, the principles of risk management, documentation, and clinical attention to detail – in both clinical and forensic practice – covered in this course will serve you and your students well.

We are also finalizing details for the 2018 ACMT Annual Scientific Meeting which is being held at the Georgetown Marriott. The abstract deadline is Nov. 15. Don’t wait until the last minute to submit yours!

Come for the satellite on April 5 to hear the complicated and fascinating story on counterfeit pharmaceuticals – the fentanyl and fentanyl analogs that are now the driver of the opioid death toll – and other toxic threats and issues of chemical security [http://www.acmt.net/2018_ASM_Satellite_Session.html] Stay for 3 more days of presentations from around the country and the world highlighting controversial issues our role in advocating for the specialty and public health & safety.

And just in case you were concerned with these “East-centric” courses, September’s Board review course will be in Chicago; and the 2019 ASM will be in San Francisco…more to follow!

Chuck McKay