Solving the prescription drug epidemic will require the engagement of every sector of the community, from healthcare to law enforcement to patients. Hear from nationally renowned Judge Jodi Debbrecht Switalski, JD about the reality of the crisis, and gather empowering solutions, tools, and best practices for protecting your patients, your practice, and your community. This seminar is being offered on five dates in August and September 2018, at five different locations in Michigan—click the city below to register for the seminar closest to you!

"I had heard that Judge Jodi is one of the best speakers on Substance Abuse Disorders nationally—and I concur. Being from Michigan, she provided an important understanding of the new Michigan regulations. I came away with a new perspective and practical applications for practice. This was worth every minute of the three hours!" said Karen Mitchell, MD, FAAFP (Southfield) who attended the first seminar held on August 7, in Rochester Hills. READ MORE

TARGET AUDIENCE: This 3-hour seminar is tailored for practicing physicians and their staff, Family Medicine residents, medical students, and all healthcare professionals who are responsible or involved with opioid prescribing.

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Featuring Judge Jodi Debbrecht Switalksi, JD

A former metro Detroit felony prosecutor who was appointed by the governor to the bench in 2010, Judge Jodi is committed to developing a plan-of-action to reverse today’s opioid crisis. She has been recognized for her distinguished service and contributions to Michigan’s State Drug Treatment Court Advisory Committee in the Legislative Council, and she continues to practice law, specializing in litigation and medical malpractice. 

Judge Jodi astonishes audiences with scientifically based, comprehensive presentations combined with emotional, anecdotal experiences from the field to present one of the most compelling cases for action to mitigate liability resulting from the worst drug epidemic our state and our country have ever seen. Her presentation artfully presents the reality of the epidemic, its impact on all demographics, and the paradigm shift of liabilities focused on the medical profession. Judge Jodi also illustrates the tools necessary to protect your practice, founded in the most current case law, best practices, and science. She closes in a style that may shock you, inspire you, and certainly empower you with the simple solutions to protect yourself, your practice, and your community from this epidemic and wave of litigation.   

"This will be my fourth time hearing Judge Jodi speak. Each time, she has presented a very practical and moving evaluation of the opioid crisis from the legal, medical, and human perspectives. Her presentation is one of the few that does not point the finger at physicians as the cause of the problem, but rather highlights the power of community as necessary to resolve the crisis while meeting the needs of patients in pain.”  ~ Mary Marshall, MD, RN, Grand Blanc, MI

"I found Judge Jodi to be a passionate advocate for drug addiction prevention and treatment. She emphasizes the need for appropriate evaluation prior to prescribing opioids and monitoring chronic pain patients, as well as not discharging patients when they fail drug tests but rather getting them into treatment programs." ~ Loretta Leja, MD, Cheboygan, MI

Click here to access LARA's FAQs on Michigan Opioid Laws - Updated and published on July 3, 2018.
To learn more about Judge Jodi, click here.
To access a 1-page flyer (PDF) for this seminar, click here.
Links to register online are below. To register via fax or email, click here.
Dinner is included with registration.

5 Dates & 5 Locations in Michigan

ROCHESTER HILLS  |  Tuesday, August 7, 5:30 - 8:30 pm

Ascension Crittenton Hospital Medical Center
1101 West University Drive
Rochester Hills, MI 48307

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EAST LANSING  |  Wednesday, August 22, 5:30 - 8:30 pm

Michigan State University
965 Fee Road
East Lansing, MI 48824

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KALAMAZOO  |  Thursday, August 23, 5:30 - 8;30 pm

Four Points by Sheraton
3600 East Cork Street Court
Kalamazoo, MI 49001

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MARQUETTE   |  Tuesday, September 11, 5:30 - 8:30 pm

The Landmark Inn
230 North Front Street
Marquette, MI 49855

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GAYLORD   |   Thursday, September 13, 5:30 - 8:30 pm

Treetops Resort
3962 Wilkinson Road
Gaylord, MI 49735

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Continuing Medical Education

This Live activity, Legalities & Realities: Michigan Opioid Laws to Live By, from 08/07/2018-08/07/19, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 3.00 Prescribed credits(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate wit hte extent of their participation in the activity.

Completion of this seminar counts toward state-mandated Pain & Symptom Management professional development requirements. Effective December 6, 2017, a minimum of 3 hours of continuing education must be earned in the area of Pain and Symptom Management. Click here for more information from the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.

The following organizations recognize and will honor AAFP Prescribed CME Credits: AAPA, NCCPA, ANCC, AANPCB, AAMA, ABFM, ABEM, ABPM, and ABU. Please make direct contact with the organization to understand the reporting and/or conversion process. Click here for the full list as posted at AAFP's website.