After careful consideration of the health risks posed by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the AOHP  2020 National Conference will instead be held as a virtual event. We very much look forward to convening our diverse community of employee/occupational health professionals to learn, share, and connect in a new format best suited for today’s unprecedented times. AOHP’s upcoming virtual conference is scheduled for December 3, 2020

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Thursday, December 3 • 2:00pm - 2:30pm
2020-004-3 Narcotics in America: An Expert Panel and Open Forum on a Multi-Dimensional Crisis

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Topic Overview:
With years of data and case studies detailing the opioid crisis, THC legalization, and other narcotics issues in the United States, these situations have become more dynamic than ever. As occupational health professionals, the reality is upon us that these issues affect patients, society at large, and healthcare professionals equally. Changes in policies and perceptions by providers, insurers, pharmacies, pharmaceutical manufacturers, law enforcement, researchers, and all levels of government have held offenders accountable and created distress for patients at the same time, with many other situations occurring in between. To discuss these dynamics, we've convened an expert panel with physician, occupational health, academic, and even patient perspectives. Audience questions are welcome.

1. Identify details surrounding the nationwide opioid crisis.
2. Review issues regarding the limited legalization of THC in the United States.
3. Consider legal implications of opioid and THC prescriptions and procurement in the United States.
4. Discuss medical uses of opioid and THC medication.

avatar for Mel Pohl, MD, DFASAM

Mel Pohl, MD, DFASAM

Dr. Mel Pohl is the Chief Medical Officer of Las Vegas Recovery Center (LVRC). Dr. Pohl was a major force in developing LVRC’s Chronic Pain Recovery Program. He is certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM) and is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Society... Read More →
avatar for Kevin F. Smith, MD, MPH

Kevin F. Smith, MD, MPH

Dr. Kevin F. Smith has enjoyed a wide and varied career on both domestic and international levels. After completing his medical degree, Dr. Smith went on to receive a Master’s of Public Health from Yale University while completing residency in Occupational and Preventive Medicine... Read More →

Nancy Yuill, Ph.D, RN

Dr. Nancy Yuill has more than 40 years of academic leadership and experience in nursing, including roles in acute care, home health, and professional nursing education. Most recently, Dr. Yuill served as Campus President of Chamberlain University’s Pearland, TX campus. Prior to... Read More →


Thursday December 3, 2020 2:00pm - 2:30pm EST