NJC to Host Opioid Epidemic Panel in Las Vegas

An overview of the opioid epidemic in the United States will be presented by drug addiction experts in a free, public panel discussion set for the fall in Las Vegas. Sponsored by The National Judicial College, the panel discussion, Drugs in America Today, will be held October 10.
The discussion will focus on the neurology of addiction, how courts view opioid addiction, what legal and medical experts are learning about opioids, what family and friends need to know and what the future holds.

Panelists include:

  • Stacie Mathewson, Founder, CEO & President, Transforming Youth Recovery. Founder of The Stacie Mathewson Foundation, Mathewson is focused exclusively on promoting addiction awareness, recovery, prevention and education at the local, state, and national level.
  • Dr. Melissa Piasecki, University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine.
    Executive Associate Dean, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Psychiatry at University of Nevada School of Medicine.
  • Sara Gordon, Esq. William S. Boyd School of Law. Professor Gordon’s research focuses on mental health law, law and psychology, and decision making. She teaches Evidence, Mental Health Law, and Legal Writing courses.
  • Bob Forrest, Recovery Advocate, Activist, Certified Addiction Specialist.
    A long-time partner of Dr. Drew Pinsky, Forrest has appeared on the television shows Celebrity Rehab and Sober House. Forrest has helped countless addicts get sober and find their purpose.

The event takes its name from What Judges Need to Know: Drugs in America Today, an NJC course that will be held in Las Vegas on October 10-12. More than 30 judges – including more than 20 from around Nevada – have enrolled for the three-day course.
The Drugs in America panel discussion will be held on Monday, October 10 at the Green Valley Ranch Resort and Spa from 5-7pm. Admission to the panel is free, however space is limited to the first 150 participants.

To reserve your seat contact: Jeanne Hill, (775) 327-8257 or hill@judges.org by September 30, 2016.

Related Course: Drugs in America Today: What every Judge Needs to Know October 10 – 12, 2016 in Las Vegas, NV

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