President’s Symposium Panelists to Discuss Current Topics

Get up to speed on some of the hottest topics in addiction medicine and health care by attending the President’s Symposium, “Addiction Medicine Today,” from 10 am to noon Saturday in Orange Ballroom A, Lower Level.

The symposium will feature ASAM President Stuart Gitlow, MD, MPH, MBA, and two leaders in the field—one from government and one from academia—discussing a variety of issues in a panel setting. Joining Dr. Gitlow will be Elinore F. McCance-Katz, MD, PhD, Chief Medical Officer for SAMHSA, and Chad D. Kollas, MD, Medical Director of Palliative and Supportive Care at the University of Florida Health Cancer Center.

“This is our chance to bring in speakers to discuss current event and current policy approaches,” Dr. Gitlow said. “These are good speakers who are exciting and will tell us what is going on up to the minute on different issues in government and the pain medicine side of things.

“This session is designed to give the speakers the opportunity to talk off-the-cuff on what interests them and what they think will be of interest to our audience. It is different from the usual approach we take.”

Dr. Kollas will discuss the opioid prescribing epidemic, as well as pain management issues related to prescribing opioids, explained Dr. Gitlow.

Other topics that may be discussed in the free-form discussion are expected to include the overlap between addiction and pain, future pharmacologic directions, the interface of government and addiction, and applying guidelines to practice.

The goal of the session is to develop fresh insights on the critical strategic questions addiction professionals must confront as they lead the field into the next decade and beyond, Dr. Gitlow said.