Drug Overdose - What's a State to Do?

Drug Overdoses - What's a State to Do?
Saturday, December 12, 2015

As states move to crack down on the scourge of drug abuse, they must consider evidence-based policy strategies to control drug diversion and abuse and avoid the unintended consequence of increased heroin use. This session explored the current state of drug abuse in the states, how new policies, programs and products can address prescription opioid drug abuse, as well as the challenge of treating the legitimate needs of 100 million Americans estimated to suffer from chronic pain.


Sean ClarkinExecutive Vice President for Research and External Relations, Partnership for Drug Free Kids

  Download the presentation "The Current State of Drug Abuse Across the Nation" in PDF (without audio) as a Video (with audio) 

David Charles, M.D., Chairman, Alliance for Patient Access

  Download the presentation "Balanced Pain Policy​" in PDF (without audio) as a Video (with audio) 

Bob TwillmanExecutive Director, American Academy of Pain Management.  

  Download the presentation "Pain Management Policy Focus: Abuse-Deterrent Opioids" in PDF (without audio) as a Video (with audio) 

Assemblymember Jim WoodCalifornia

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Senator Steven DickersonTennessee

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Representative Jonathan SingerColorado

  Download the presentation "Putting the Hammer Down on Prescription Drug Abuse" in PDF (without audio) as a Video (with audio) 

Speaker Biographies:

Sean Clarkin

Clarkin has played a major role in the evolution of the Partnership for Drug Free Kids from an anti-drug advertising campaign to a multi-faceted resource and online community, working to prevent teen substance abuse and support families impacted by addiction. He has served as liaison with the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. Clarkin testifies before Congress on substance abuse and is a frequent national speaker. 

David Charles

Charles, a practicing neurologist, chairs a national network of physicians founded in 2006, dedicated to ensuring patient access to approved therapies and appropriate clinical care. He is a leader in movement disorders research and chairs the Public Policy Committee for the American Neurological Association. Charles took leave from his practice in 1998 and spent a year as a health policy advisor to U.S. Sen. Bill Frist.

Bob Twillman

Twillman oversees federal and state pain policy developments and advocates for those supporting an integrative approach to managing pain. He serves as chair of the Prescription Monitoring Program Advisory Committee for the Kansas Board of Pharmacy. He has been actively involved in pain policy through his work with the Alliance of State Pain Initiatives and the American Pain Society for many years.

Assemblymember Jim Wood, California

Assemblymember Wood served as a city council member and mayor before he was elected to the California Assembly in 2014. He has been a practicing dentist for nearly three decades. His legislative priorities are healthcare, economic development, environmental protection and fiscal reform. He is a member of the Health and Appropriations Committees. In 2015, Wood introduced a bill to improve access to tamper-proof pain pills.

Senator Steven Dickerson, Tennessee

Elected to office in 2012, Sen. Dickerson serves on the Finance, Ways and Means Committee as well as the State and Local Government and Education Committees. He is a physician and founding partner of Anesthesia Services Associates in metro Nashville. He has recently completed a term as chief of staff at his home hospital. Dickerson was the primary sponsor of the Opioid Abuse Reduction Act enacted in 2015.

Representative Jonathan Singer, Colorado

Rep. Singer has served in the Colorado House since he was appointed to a vacant seat in January 2012. He is vice chairman of the Local Government Committee and serves on the Public Health and Human Services and Appropriations Committees. Before becoming a legislator, Singer worked as a social worker with child protection and family services in Boulder County. In 2015, he introduced legislation on abuse-deterrent opioid prescriptions.