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Faces of Addiction (series)
There are approximately 29 million people in the United States over age 12 with addiction. These are more than just numbers. Drug abuse not only affects the individual, but it can also have far reaching consequences that affect family, employment, health care systems, local communities, and society as a whole. Lives are being ruined or lost entirely. The addiction epidemic affects all of us. The six lectures in this series will explore: • What is addiction? • What are current treatments? • How can one avoid addiction following surgery? • How could the pills in my medicine cabinet be a danger? • What is happening in law enforcement and in the courts? The lectures will be held on Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Washtenaw Community College: • April 19: Addiction: Definition, Causes, and Treatment Overview • April 26: Opioids in America: The Role of Surgery • May 3: Managing Chronic Pain Without Opioids • May 10: Treating Court-Involved Adolescent Substance Users: Challenges and Opportunities • May 17: Criminal Sentencing and Casualties Of The War On Drugs • May 24: Origin and Treatment of Addiction Join other OLLI members for a boxed lunch in the lobby immediately following the May 24th lecture for some socializing! The cost for lunch is $8. Please register for the lunch online or in-person before May 18th. This lecture series was planned by Ed Marcus, Ginny Rezmierski, Bob Shaw, June Swartz, Rebecca Van Dyke, Emily Vincent, and Twila Deigert (chair). You may also be interested in the Special Event, Visit to Dawn Farm, Residential Treatment Center, May 9th from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Fee: $10. Detailed lecture descriptions: • April 19: Addiction: Definition, Causes, and Treatment Overview Kirk J. Brower, M.D., a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan (UM), is board-certified in both general and addiction psychiatry. He started the UM Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship Program in 1997, which continues to train subspecialty physicians. He also co-founded UM Addiction Treatment Services (UMATS) and served as its first Executive Director from 2006-2016. He is a Fellow of both the American Psychiatric Association and the American Society of Addiction Medicine. Speaker’s Synopsis: This lecture will define what is meant by addiction and substance use disorders as well as older, out-of-vogue terms such as substance abuse and chemical dependency. Different models of addiction will be compared and contrasted such as the moral, brain disease, learning, and self-medication models, including their views of addiction causes and treatment. • April 26: Opioids in America: The Role of Surgery Dr. Jennifer Waljee is an Associate Professor in the Section of Plastic Surgery. She has a B.S. and master’s degrees in public health at the University of Michigan and M.D. from Emory University. She completed General Surgery, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Hand Surgery at the University of Michigan. Her research focuses on patient-centered outcomes following surgery, including the efficacy of patient-reported outcomes, and she currently serves as a Co-Director of the Michigan Opioid Prescribing Engagement Network, or Michigan-OPEN, an initiative that seeks to transform pain management and curb opioid abuse in the state of Michigan. Speaker’s Synopsis: Opioid-related morbidity and mortality has reached epidemic proportions in United States. Although much attention is focused on the role of opioid prescribing for chronic pain, the role of opioid analgesics for acute pain and procedural care is less understood. In this discussion we will examine the role of procedural care in the opioid epidemic and statewide efforts in Michigan to develop best practices to curb over prescribing and enhance opioid disposal in our communities. • May 3: Managing Chronic Pain Without Opioids Daniel Clauw, M.D. is a Professor of Anesthesiology, Medicine, and Psychiatry at the University of Michigan where he also attended undergraduate and medical school. He completed an internal medicine residency and rheumatology fellowship at Georgetown University, where he held roles including Chief of Rheumatology and Vice Chair of Medicine. He moved to the University of Michigan in 2002, with his research team, becoming the first Assistant and then Associate Dean for Clinical Research, and the first PI of the University of Michigan Clinical and Translational Sciences Award. Speaker’s Synopsis: Marijuana is becoming decriminalized or legalized in many states, often because of continued evidence that it may be an effective treatment for certain medical conditions, especially chronic pain. However, in addition to marijuana there are other options to exhaust before prescribing an opioid. This talk will present evidence regarding the potential benefits and risks of cannabis as well as other options that may be effective in the management of patients with chronic pain. • May 10: Treating Court-Involved Adolescent Substance Users: Challenges and Opportunities Joshua Meisler of Ann Arbor has lived in Vermont, Oregon, and Massachusetts. He has worked as a street outreach counselor, case manager, and therapist, serving adults, youth, and families. Meisler is a treatment clinician in the Washtenaw County Juvenile Drug Court, and serves as a board member of several local nonprofit youth-serving organizations. A person in long term substance disorder recovery, he has not used alcohol or other substances of abuse since August 2008. Speaker’s Synopsis: Meisler will share his insights and experiences working with court involved substance using youth and their families. He will briefly frame the challenges and opportunities that his clients and their families experience in our community in terms of access to economic, educational, and other resources. He will discuss his daily clinical work of supporting young people who are harmfully involved in substance use and their families. • May 17: Criminal Sentencing and Casualties Of The War On Drugs Hon. Donald E. Shelton was a Circuit Judge in Ann Arbor, MI for 25 years, presiding over felony criminal cases, as well as civil and juvenile matters. He is currently the Director of the Criminology and Criminal Justice Program at the University of Michigan (UM), Dearborn. Dr. Shelton received his law degree from UM, his master’s degree from EMU, and his Ph.D. from the University of Nevada, Reno. He has authored several texts and professional articles and is a regular presenter at national conferences on criminal justice and forensic science evidence. Speaker’s Synopsis: Our prisons are overflowing and the costs in human and monetary terms are enormous. How and why have we sentenced the over 2.2 million adults currently in our prison systems? We discuss how judges decide criminal sentences and how politicians control those sentencing decisions. We discuss the impact of the “War on Drugs”, the fact that more than ½ of all federal prisoners are serving sentences for drug offenses, and the huge proportion of drug-related offenders in our state prisons. Alternative approaches to drug abuse are discussed. • May 24: Origin and Treatment of Addiction Carl Christensen is a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry and OB Gyn at Wayne State University School of Medicine. He is board certified in Addiction Medicine and OB Gyn. Dr. Christensen specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of addiction, including pregnant patients. He is the Medical Director at Dawn Farm Treatment Center. Speaker’s Synopsis: Addiction is considered to be a “problem with drugs and alcohol.” However, it is actually a mental illness caused by genetic and environmental factors, as well as the drug itself. We will review the causes of addiction, the changes in the brain, and the available treatments.
Event Type : Thursday Morning Lecture Series      
Date(s) : 04/19/2018 - 05/24/2018
Day of Week : Thursday
Time : 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Location : Washtenaw Community College/ Morris Lawrence Building
Address : Towsley Auditorium,
4800 E. Huron River Dr.,
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Fee : $30.00
Event Status : COMPLETED