The United Stance symposium, presented by NSU/ NSU College of Pharmacy hosts members of the DEA, Florida Medical Association, Florida Board of Pharmacy, the United Way of Broward, federal, state and local policy makers, expert health care and providers, and members of the public to bring forth an “all hands on deck” approach and joint effort in solving the nations Opioid Epidemic.
This is a time, people of all backgrounds, all walks of life, and all ways of thinking can come together and truly find a solution for the opioid epidemic we face. Every day we are losing 100 people to this crisis. We need your help and we need your voices.
Join us for this very important evening and network with top agencies, health care providers, legislators, police officers, fire fighters, and many members of the communities near and far as we work together to change the course of this opioid issue.
WHEN: November 2nd, 2017, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
WHERE: Steele Auditorium
3200 S. University Drive., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33328
• Scott Kjeson Pharm.D., NSU College of Pharmacy
• Jonathan White, DEA 360 Degree Program
• Nicholas Duran J.D.,, (D) Florida State Representative
• George Moraitis, J.D., (R) Florida State Representative
• Kathleen Cannon, LCSW, United Way of Broward County
• Jeffrey J. Mesaros, Pharm.D. J.D., FL. Board of Pharmacy
• Bindu Mayi, Ph.D., Nova Southeastern University
• Michael Swartzon, M.D., Miami Dolphins
• Joshua Lenchus, DO, RPh, Florida Medical Association (FMA), Florida Osteopathic Medical Association (FOMA)
SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKERS
• Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief
• Senator Gary Farmer, J.D., FL. State Senate
• Undersheriff Col. Steve Kinsey, Broward Sheriff’s Office
SPECIAL GUESTS IN ATTENDANCE
• Suzette Fleishmann, Florida Department of Children and Families
• Louie Bossi, Celebrity Chef
• Moraima Trujillo, M.D., Banyan Health Systems
• 6:00p - Intro/Prelude & Special Announcements
• 6:15p - Panel starts (policy panel)
• 7:00p - Questions via audience & from Twitter
• 7:15p - Panel starts (medical panel)
• 8:00p - Questions via audience & from Twitter
• 8:15p - 8:30p - Encore (patient panel) with Special Guest, Celebrity Chef Louie Bossi
Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the US, with 52,404 lethal drug overdoses in 2015. Opioid addiction is driving this epidemic, with 20,101 overdose deaths related to prescription pain relievers, and 12,990 overdose deaths related to heroin in 2015.
What many are realizing is we have a major issue both with prescription drugs and also black market drugs. Many individual start with the more expensive prescription medications and then later end up with black market products. Addiciton is real and we need to find the best and most efficient way to handle this.
The United States accounts for approximately one quarter of the estimated number of drug-related deaths worldwide, including overdose deaths, which continue to rise. Mostly driven by opioids, overdose deaths in the united States more than tripled during the periof 1999-2015, from 16,849 to 52,404 annually