The Opioid Epidemic: Public Defenders' Vital Role in Asserting Clients' Rights to Treatment
September 14, 2017 12:00 p.m. Eastern, 90 minutes
Sally Friedman, Legal Director, Legal Action Center, and Charles W. Morgan, Medical Director, NYS Office of Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Services
About the Webinar: The opioid epidemic kills 91 Americans every day and has had an enormous impact on the criminal justice and child welfare systems. To address this crisis, public health authorities have called for increased use of medication-assisted treatment (MAT), which involves the use of medications like methadone, buprenorphine (Suboxone) and injectable naltrexone (Vivitrol), along with counseling and behavioral therapies. Hundreds of scientific studies have shown that MAT reduces illicit drug use, overdose, disease rates, and crime. Yet courts and other criminal justice and child welfare agencies often prohibit MAT. The training will cover the nature of opioid addiction and effective treatment with MAT, common concerns about MAT and how lawyers can address these concerns, why prohibiting MAT is illegal, and how it can be challenged.
About the Faculty:
Sally Friedman is the Legal Director of the Legal Action Center, a non-profit law and policy organization that fights discrimination against individuals with criminal justice histories, substance use disorders, and HIV/AIDS. Since joining the Center in 1993, Ms. Friedman has litigated numerous cases challenging discrimination, including Innovative Health Systems v. City of White Plains, a federal lawsuit establishing that the Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits using zoning laws to exclude facilities serving people with disabilities. Ms. Friedman has worked extensively to reduce barriers to medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction. She authored the 2011 report, Legality of Denying Access to Medication Assisted Treatment in the Criminal Justice System and co-authored the 2015 report, Medication-Assisted Treatment in Drug Courts: Recommended Strategies. Ms. Friedman has conducted dozens of trainings nationwide and written extensively on anti-discrimination and privacy laws. Prior to joining the Legal Action Center, Ms. Friedman worked as a litigation associate at the New York law firm of Kramer, Levin, Naftalis, Nessen, Kamin and Frankel. In 1991, she graduated cum laude from New York University School of Law, and in 1981, graduated phi beta kappa from Brown University.
Charles W. Morgan, MD, DFASAM, FAAFP, DABAM serves as Medical Director of the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services. Dr. Morgan is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine and a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, and has worked in the field of Addiction Medicine for over three decades. He did his graduate work in Human Genetics at Cornell University, and his residency work in Internal Medicine in Rochester, NY, and Anesthesiology at the University of Pennsylvania. Following that he completed Fellowships in both Regional and Obstetric Anesthesia at the University of Pennsylvania and in Addiction Medicine at Willingway Hospital in Statesboro, Georgia. Dr. Morgan has lectured extensively and served on expert panels and committees on local, regional and national levels. He has taught residents, fellows, physicians, nurse practitioners, physicians’ assistants, counselors and other professionals throughout his career from across the country and other parts of the world, and has been recognized by the American Academy of Family Physicians for his teaching. Dr. Morgan’s expertise includes all levels of care including outpatient treatment, inpatient rehabilitation and detoxification, and extended care, and all modalities of treatment including Medication Supported Recovery as well as Recovery without using medications. Dr. Morgan has published various written materials on addiction and anesthesiology and is a reviewer for the Journal of Groups in Addiction and Recovery. He also currently serves as Medical Director of John L. Norris Addiction Treatment Center, in Rochester, New York.