The Opioid Crisis and Alternatives

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We at GTCbio invite you to our upcoming meeting The Opioid Crisis and Alternatives on June 26-27, 2018 at the Meyer and Renee Luskin Conference Center on the UCLA campus. This two-day conference will bring together top clinicians, researchers, managed care professionals, and policy makers to address the use of opioids to manage pain in the 21st century. Opioid use has significant benefits in pain management, but who is addressing the inherent risk associated with addiction and other complications?

jones christopher 1 - The Opioid Crisis and AlternativesChristopher Jones
Director, National Mental Health and Substance Use Policy Laboratory
 ling walter - The Opioid Crisis and AlternativesWalter Ling 
Professor, Psychiatry; Founding Director, Integrated Substance Abuse Programs (ISAP)

This conference will focus on all aspects of medical opioid treatment for pain management with an emphasis on how to positively change the current culture of opioid abuse. Speakers and delegates will discuss a wide range of topics from basic science, pharmacology, and clinical application to new legislation and policy, including alternatives to using opioids for pain management. New formulations and treatment options are constantly emerging that may reduce the inherent risk of opioid abuse and addiction in patients. Join the discussion and help influence positive and effective opioid medical treatment.

The Opioid Crisis and Alternatives meeting will be of high interest to:

  • Research scientists
  • Clinicians
  • Pharmacists
  • Pain management specialists
  • Managed care professionals
  • Patients and patient advocates
  • Policy makers
  • Social change catalysts

We look forward to seeing you at the conference!

Best regards,
The 2018 Advisory Committee


Schedule for Sessions


Breakfast & Registration


Opening Remarks by GTCbio


Opening Keynote Session

8:30-Walter Ling - The Current US Opioid Crisis: A Forty-year Journey in the Wilderness?

9:15-Christopher Jones - The Opioid Epidemic - Epidemiology and Policy Update


Morning Networking Break


Social Aspects of the Opioid Crisis

10:30-Elizabeth Whalley Buono - The Need for Unprecedented Inter-Agency Collaboration in Combating the Opioid Epidemic

10:55-Gary Tsai - Safe Med LA: A Community-Wide Coalition Approach to Addressing the Opioid Crisis

11:20-Otto Schalk - Pills and Prosecution: A Prosecutor's Take on the Opioid Crisis

11:45-Marlies Perez - California’s Response to the Opioid Epidemic

12:00-Mireille Jacobson - Do Medical Marijuana Laws Reduce Addictions and Deaths Related to Pain Killers?


Lunch Provided by GTCbio


Clinical Aspects of Opioid Use

1:45-Bob Twillman - Chronic Pain and Opioid Use Disorder: Not a Zero-Sum Game

2:10-Anthony Okorodudu - Demystifying Laboratory Analysis and Interpretation of Opioid Test Results

2:35-Steven Passik

3:00-Fauad Hasan - Novel Non-Opioid Solutions to Treat Pain


Afternoon Networking Break


Cannabis and Other Alternatives to Opioids

3:55-Edward Bilsky - Looking Beyond Opioids to Alleviate Pain

4:20-Michael Schatman

4:45-Daniele Piomelli


Networking Reception & Poster Session




Science & Perspectives

8:30-Christopher Evans - Opioids, Allostasis and Negative Affect

9:20-Catherine Cahill


Morning Networking Break


Award Ceremony & Panel Discussion

11:25-Christopher Jones

11:25-Walter Ling


Conference Concludes



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