Law school co-hosting presentation on opioid crisis

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Western Michigan University Cooley Law School will co-host nationally recognized speaker and former judge Jodi Debbrecht Switalski during an all-day presentation addressing the opioid crisis on Tuesday, March 26. “Breaking the Cycle: Solutions to End the Opioid Crisis” will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at WMU-Cooley’s Auburn Hills campus, 2630 Featherstone Road.

The event, co-hosted by the Oakland County Medical Examiner’s Office and other organizations, will discuss changes happening in schools and communities, as well as therapeutic justice initiatives and an understanding of the impacts and outcomes that are effective against the nation’s opioid fight.

Switalski, a former judge and metro-Detroit felony prosecutor, is among a panel of experts representing psychiatry, recovery, medical, law enforcement/criminal justice and substance-use disorder specialists who will discuss evidence-based research, best practices and proven changes in the opioid epidemic.

In addition, WMU-Cooley Professor Lauren Rousseau will speak about the role of families and community in solving the addiction crisis. She has spoken and written extensively about addiction and the opioid epidemic, and was honored as one of Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s Women in the Law, recognizing her work in addiction treatment, education, and advocacy. Rousseau, president of the Northwest Wayne Chapter of Families Against Narcotics, is also a founder of Unite to Face Addiction-Michigan, a community group dedicated to increasing awareness of addiction as a mental health issue, eliminating stigma, and advocating for change.

“As a nation, we need to come together to step up, educate and be the supportive link that makes a difference in this growing crisis,” Rousseau said. “By raising awareness and giving people the resources needed to fight and overcome their addictions, we can win this opioid battle and save lives.”

Registration for “Breaking the Cycle: Solutions to End the Opioid Crisis” on March 26 is limited is to 175 guests. Those interested in attending can register at breakingthecycle-2019.eventbrite.com.

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