Academic journal article The University of Memphis Law Review

Foreword and Acknowledgements

Academic journal article The University of Memphis Law Review

Foreword and Acknowledgements

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The "Pathways" Concept

On March 16, 2018, Volume 48 The University of Memphis Law Review hosted its annual symposium, The American Addiction: Pathways to Address the Opioid Crisis, at the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law.1 The symposium analyzed America's opioid overdose epidemic through a "pathways" approach. Each pathway recognized that the epidemic derives from separate, dueling sources-legal and illegal-and demonstrated opportunities to innovate and intervene where opioids intersect with the law. The legal pathway explored issues relating to pharmaceutical manufacturing, healthcare providers, payers, and patients. The illegal pathway explored legal issues relating to drug imports, law enforcement, and the criminal justice system. The symposium culminated by addressing issues in the public health sphere. The event was designed to empower attendees to channel their passion for change into meaningful legal and policy vehicles because, no matter the source, the epidemic is costing the ultimate price for too many-life.

2018 Symposium Contributors

A diverse and dynamic roster of interdisciplinary scholars, policymakers, and practitioners examined events of opioid exposure along each pathway and discussed how to leverage the law to prevent further escalation of the opioid epidemic:

* The Honorable William E. Haslam, 49th Governor of Tennessee

* Michael J. Malinowski, J.D., Ernest R. and Iris M. Eldred Professor of Law and Lawrence B. Sandoz, Jr. Professor of Law, Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center

* Katherine Steuer, J.D., Senior Associate Counsel, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Inc.

* Dakasha Winton, J.D., Chief Government Relations Officer and Senior Vice President, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee

* Shawn M. Hamm, M.D., M.B.A., University of Tennessee Addiction Medicine

* Cassandra Howard, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, Methodist Le Bonheur Hospital Germantown; Colonel and Senior Medical Officer, Tennessee Air National Guard

* Michael C. Barnes, J.D., M.A., Managing Partner, DCBA Law & Policy; Founder, Center for Lawful Access and Abuse Deterrence; Advisory Board Member, National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit

* Stefan J. Padfield, J.D., Professor of Law, University of Akron School of Law School

* Maria E. Pagano, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine; Principal Investigator, Helping Others Live Sober Research Project

* James D. Duckworth, J.D., Associate, Lewis, Thomason, King, Krieg & Waldrop, P. …

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