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Addiction: A Public Health Issue


About the Conference: Attendees will consider why addiction to alcohol and other drugs is most effectively approached as a primary public health issue with secondary criminal justice consequences. Specific policies will be discussed involving over-the-counter, prescription, and illicit drugs. The difficult issue of untangling criminality from addiction will be reviewed. Alternative methods for managing alcohol and drug problems in the community, including drug courts, will be explored.

Target Audience: Primary Care Physicians from all specialties, Psychiatrists, Surgeons, Emergency Medicine Physicians, Orthopedists, Advanced Practice Nurses, Physician Assistants, Psychologists, Pharmacists, Nurses, Psychiatry, Medical and Nursing Students, Addiction Counselors, Law makers, and community leaders.

To Register: Click Here to register online, or call us at 423-439-8027

Date and Time: November 17, 2012; 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM Daily

Location: The Holiday Inn, 101 West Springbrook Drive, Johnson City, TN 37604, (423) 282-4611

Agenda: Click here for the agenda


  • $75.00 per person. Lunch is included

Learning Objectives:
As a result of participating in this activity, the attendee should be able to...

  • Understand the critical dimensions of the national drug control strategy
  • Determine the public policy tension in whether to formulate a public policy predicated on a supply versus demand strategy
  • Understand the impact of the sentencing guidelines on drugs in America
  • Understand the issues associated with legalization, decriminalization and medicalization of illicit drugs

Guest Speaker:

picture of Gorski Mr. Terence Gorski, Founder and President of The CENAPS Corporation, is a pioneer in the development of Relapse Prevention Therapy, who has achieved international acclaim for his work. He is considered to be a leader and authority in the behavioral health and social services industries.

Activity Director:
Stephen Loyd, M.D.
Associate Professor, Quillen College of Medicine
Department of Internal Medicine
Associate Chief of Staff or Education
James H. Quillen Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Johnson City, TN 37604


quillen logo ACCME Accreditation: Quillen College of Medicine, East Tennessee State University, is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
etsu logo CME Credit: Quillen College of Medicine, East Tennessee State University designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM . Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
NAADAC Credit: Application for CE credit has been filed with the National Association for Alcohol and Drug Addiction Counselors. Determination of credit is pending.



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