Conquering the Crisis: Fighting Substance Misuse in Alabama

Conquering the Crisis: Fighting Substance Misuse in Alabama


This interprofessional program will advance attendees’ abilities to combat misuse and abuse of prescription and illicit drugs in Alabama, through improved understanding of the problem, enhanced use of existing tools and resources for community involvement, greater appreciation of others’ roles in combating the problem, and focused interprofessional communication about the problem.

Conference Dates & Locations:

This free, one-day continuing education program will be offered on four separate dates, from 8am to 5pm.

June 13, 2018 - Florence, Alabama at Marriott Shoals
June 26, 2018 - Dothan, Alabama at Wiregrass Rehabilitation Center
July 19, 2018 - Mobile, Alabama at Renaissance Battle House
August 1, 2018 - Birmingham, Alabama at McWane Science Center

  • The Birmingham waitlist is now full. We are no longer accepting waitlist requests for this location. The Mobile location (July 19) is the only remaining option for this program.

Conference Materials [PDF]

Conference Agenda

Time Title Objectives Speaker(s)
7:00 – 8:00 a.m. Check-in    
8:00 – 8:15 a.m. Welcome Introductions Brent Fox & Haley Phillippe (all sites)
8:15 – 9:00 a.m. The scope of the problem: National and local perspectives
  • Describe national and state-level trends related to drug misuse and abuse
  • Compare and contrast drug misuse and abuse across Alabama regions
  • Describe national and state efforts to address drug misuse and abuse
Brent Ashton, Group Supervisor, DEA (Florence and Birmingham)
Nikara McNeely, DEA Senior Diversion Investigator (Dothan)
DEA Supervisory Special Agent Patrick Wilson (Mobile)
9:00 – 10:15 a.m. The role of the PDMP: Foundational knowledge and best practices
  • Describe the role of Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMP) in combating drug misuse and abuse
  • Discuss and demonstrate the use of the PDMP
  • Summarize best practices for PDMP use to combat drug misuse and abuse
Brent Fox (all sites)
Nancy Bishop, Alabama Department of Public Health (all sites)
Jeremy Johnson, MD & Cole Sandlin, PharmD (Florence)
Robert Allen, MD & Amanda Fallon, PharmD (Dothan)
Robert Allen, MD & Chris Phung, PharmD (Mobile)
Nick Gillespie, MD & Chris Phung, PharmD (Birmingham)
10:15 – 10:25 a.m. Break    
10:25 – 11:15 a.m. Identifying drug and alcohol impairment
  • Describe the Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) program
  • Compare and contrast the indicators critical in a DRE’s determination of drug use
  • Discuss common behaviors, warning signs, and risks of those currently misusing specific drugs and drug classes
  • Explain and provide examples of the dangers to law enforcement and first responders when handling drugs of addiction
Sr. Trooper Jason Hewett (Florence)
Corporal Jay Penton (Dothan, Mobile, Birmingham)
11:15 a.m. – 11:45 am Safe practices and action items
  • Describe resources available to address drug misuse and abuse
  • Discuss the use of different prescription agents used for the treatment of addiction
  • Compare and contrast the benefits and risks associated with the use of individual prescription agents for the treatment of addiction
Karen Marlowe, Auburn University (all sites)
11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Lunch on your own    
12:45 – 2:15 p.m. The United States of numb: Current trends in adolescent substance abuse
  • Discuss adolescent drug use patterns
  • Discuss signs and symptoms of adolescent drug use
  • Discuss adolescent substance abuse treatment and the importance of family involvement/engagement
Angela Camp, Bradford Health Services (all sites)
2:15 – 3:15 p.m. Bridging the gap between pain management and drug diversion
  • Define the following terms: physical dependence, tolerance, active addiction, recovery, and substance abuse.
  • Describe methods to treat opioid use disorder while concurrently treating pain.
  • List tools that assist providers in determining pain levels in patients who are recovering from addiction and explain how the information from these tools can be utilized when selecting an appropriate analgesic regimen.
  • Discuss strategies that can be implemented by providers to ensure effective pain management for patients in addiction recovery, including opioid treatment agreements and opioid regimen selection.
Kenneth Jackson, PharmD (Florence and Dothan)
Karen Marlowe, Auburn University (Mobile)
Tim Atkinson, PharmD (Birmingham)
3:15 – 3:25 p.m. Break    
3:25 – 4:00 p.m. Collaborating for solutions
  • Collaborate in small groups to generate possible solutions to Alabama’s problem of drug misuse and abuse
  • Discuss and evaluate proposed solutions with other attendees
Brent Fox & Haley Phillippe (all sites)
4:00 – 4:50 p.m. Panel
  • Participate in an open dialogue with expert panelists to learn more about drug misuse and abuse
  • Develop an appreciation for the role of every Alabamian in addressing drug misuse and abuse
  • Describe how attendees can develop partnerships and work together to address drug misuse and abuse
All speakers
4:50 – 5:00 p.m. Closing remarks
  • Summary and future directions
Brent Fox & Haley Phillippe (all sites)

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Auburn University is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education; credits are recognized nationwide.

Funding for this conference was made possible by the Grant or Cooperative Agreement Number NU17CE924865-02, funded by the Centers for Control and Prevention . The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

Last Updated: June 18, 2018