Drugs and America
Drugs in America Today Panel Discussion to be Live Streamed

RENO, Nev. – A panel discussion on the opioid epidemic and current drug issues in the United States will be streamed live at 5:30 p.m. PST on Monday, Oct. 10 from Las Vegas. The panel discussion, Drugs in America Today, is sponsored by The National Judicial College (NJC).

Topics will include evidence-based treatment options for the courts and communities, efforts to limit the opioid epidemic and important lessons for addicts and their family and friends.

The Drugs in America Today panel includes five experts in the field of addiction: Stacie Mathewson, founder and president of Transforming Youth Recovery; Dr. Melissa Piasecki of the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine; Sara Gordon, Esq. from the William S. Boyd School of Law; Bob Forrest, a recovery advocate and activist working in Los Angeles; and Dr. Stephanie Woodard of the Division of Public and Behavioral Health for the State of Nevada.

The panel discussion will be held at the Green Valley Ranch Resort and Spa from 5:30 to 7 p.m. PST. Admission to the panel is free; however, space is limited to the first 150 participants. The public can reserve their seat at the event by contacting Jena Cohen of the NJC at (775) 327-8229 or jenacohen@judges.org.

Those who can’t attend in person can tune in to a free online stream, which will be available on the NJC’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/thenjc.

A national leader in judicial education, the NJC is hosting the panel discussion in conjunction with its What Judges Need to Know: Drugs in America Today course, which will be held on Oct. 10-12. More than 40 judges – including nearly two dozen from Nevada – have enrolled for the three-day course.

The panel discussion is sponsored by the Senator William J. Raggio Endowment at the NJC.


The National Judicial College has been the nation’s leading provider of judicial education since 1963, drawing participants from every state and from over 150 countries. The NJC offers more than 100 judicial education programs annually onsite, online, and across the nation in support of its mission: education – innovation – advancing justice. For more information, visit judges.org.

Brady Johnson
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Office: (775) 327-8253

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