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7th Annual Prescription Drug Abuse & Heroin Symposium
Rebuilding the Hoosier Heartland
Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis, IN – October 13 - 14, 2016

We are pleased to announce that registration is now open for the Annual Rx Symposium. Attendees will be provided the opportunity to network with 900 professionals from local, state and federal agencies, business, academia, clinicians, treatment providers, counselors, educators, state and national leaders, and advocates impacted by Rx drug abuse and heroin use. (Tickets for the two day program are free for OAG staff).



This year’s keynote will be the author of the book, Dreamland. Sam Quinones is a journalist, storyteller, former LA Times reporter, and author of three acclaimed books of narrative nonfiction. The book Dreamland was selected as’s Best Book of the Year 2015 and the National Book Critics Circle award.

Attendees will also hear from Victor Antonio Carrancá Bourget, Attorney General of the State of Puebla, Mexico on international efforts to reduce the heroin supply. Visit the registration site for a full listing of all sessions.



For the very first time, we will be featuring a “Recovery is Beautiful” and “Memory” Wall at the annual Prescription Drug Abuse Symposium. We are looking for stories from all 92 counties.   If you know someone in recovery from opiate addiction or that you’ve lost from this disease, please complete this form here.
To view PowerPoint presentations and videos of programs from previous years, please see the links below.

2015 Indiana Prescription Drug Abuse Symposium

Over 800 professionals participated in the 6th Annual Prescription Drug Abuse Symposium titled "In the Trenches - A Community Approach."  This symposium focused on what counties can do to prevent becoming another face of addiction.

2015 Symposium Agenda
2015 Symposium Program Guide

Below is a list of the presenters and their presentations.

Day 1

Wilson M. Compton, M.D., M.P.E, Deputy Director, National Institute on Drug Abuse - Opioid Misuse and Addiction: National Priorities

Breakout Sessions

1. Aaron Willis, PhD(c), AM, LSW, Indiana University School of Social Work - Using Marion County Coroner Data to Inform the Prevention of Opiate Overdose Fatalities
2. Donna Purviance, DNP, FNP-BC, Nurse Practitioner, Goodman Campbell Brain & Spine - The Nose Knows
3. Denise Fields, Tess Benham, Tamara Watson - Prescription Drug Impact in the Workplace
4. Deborah McMahan, MD, Dan Roth, DO, Mark Brooks, Michael Brown, Douglas Call, Marcia Haaff, Kevin Hunter, Kristina Johnson, Connie Kerrigan - Allen Co. Working Together: A Collaborative Approach to Combatting Opioid Abuse - Part One, Part Two
5. Justin Phillips, David Spurgeon, Linda Hathaway - Opioid Prevention Education Strategies Targeting Youth - Part One, Part Two
6. Abigail Kuzma, Kathleen Bates, Lori Croasdell - Vulnerable Populations and Prescription Drug Abuse
7. Robert Twillman, Charlie Cichon, Sean Clarkin - Abuse-Deterrent Opioids: The Promise and the Perils
8. Joan Duwve, MD, MPH, Dan McClain, Brittany Combs, RN, BSN, Kellie Kelley, Erika Chapman, MPH, CPH, CHES - Syringe Exchange Programs: Best Practices
9. Rodrigo Garcia, CRNA - Catch Me If You Can - Getting into the Mind of a Drug Addict
10. Don Teater, MD - Prescription Opioids: The Real Story
11. L. Michael Fields, MD -Renaissance Recovery Program: Coordination of Care and Treatment for NAS
12. Aaron Negangard, Nick Hermann - Prosecutor Tools for Reducing Recidivism

Day 2

Director Michael Botticelli, Office of National Drug Control Policy - Prescription Drug Misuse and Heroin: The Federal Perspective

Breakout Session 1

1. Tracy Brooks, R.Ph. - What Pharmacists and Technicians Need to Know to Fight the Opioid Battle
2. Luke Renner, David Neidert, Kristi Dunigan, Alyssa Price, Vera Mangurm, Lori Croasdell - What's Your Side Effect - Educational Campaign Addressing the Rx Epidemic
3. Sandra Springer, MD - Prevention of Relapse to Opioid Use as Means to Improve HIV Treatment Options: Preliminary Results of Two Studies of Extended-Release Naltrexone

Breakout Session 2

1. Darrin Mangiacarne, DO, Andrew Sonderman, MD - Making MATs Work - A Structured Approach to use of Medication Assisted Treatment
2. Connor Norwood - Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMP) in Pharmacy Practice: Improving Clinical Decision-Making and Supporting a Pharmacist's Professional Judgment
3. Lori Croasdell, Jene Bridgewater - Scott County - Struggle to Strength: Reclaiming Lives; Rebuilding Communities

Dan O'Donnell, MD, Aaron Kochar - Naloxone News: What it Means for the Lay Person & the IMPD Success Story

Breakout Session 3

1. Nabiha Gill, MD -Pain Management and Opioid Safety Initiative at Indianapolis VA
2. Ann Vermilion, MBA, FACHE - Rural Hospital Taking Lead in CSR/Opioid Abuse: Education and Successful Outcomes
3. Patti Darbishire, PharmD, James Young, PharmD, Chris Angel, Ted Cotterill - Medicinal Waste Disposal: Take Back Programs are NOT a Waste of Time

Joan Duwve, MD, MPH, William Cooke, MD, Philip Peters, MD - Scott County: Lessons Learned on Addressing the Unprecedented HIV Outbreak

2014 Indiana Prescription Drug Abuse Symposium

Nearly 800 professionals participated in the Indiana Attorney General's 5th Annual Prescription Drug Abuse Symposium titled "Reversing the Tide of Opioid Abuse" to target strategies to more aggressively combat this issue in our state. Attendees were composed of Indiana's health professionals, law enforcement officials, state legislators and other key stakeholders.

Videos from the 2014 symposium are below:

Keynote Speech - Rx Symposium 2014
Keynote Speech: Coady - Rx Symposium 2014
Inspect Indiana Opioid - Rx Symposium 2014
Integrated Mental Health - Rx Symposium 2014
Insider Look - Rx Symposium 2014
The Golden Rule - Rx Symposium 2014
Naloxone - Rx Symposium 2014
Opioid Prescribing - Rx Symposium 2014

Below is the list of the presenters and their PowerPoints. Click here to upload Program Guide.


Law Enforcement Workshop
Matt Whitmire, Director of the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, Office of the Attorney General & Gretchen Morris, Detective, Indiana State Police

Clinical Workshop
Palmer MacKie, M.D. , Assistant Professor of the Clinical Medicine at IU School of Medicine 
Amy LaHood, M.D., MPH, FAAFP, St. Vincent Residency Program
Gregory Eigner, M.D. FAAFP, Associate Director, Fort Wayne Medical Education Program

Pharmacists Workshop 
Paula Bowers, Pharmacist, Walmart Stores, Inc.
Brian McCrate, Pharm.D., BCPS, Clinical Pharmacist of Internal Medicine, University Department  of Pharmacy, IU Health


Building the Infrastructure to Stem the Flow of Rx Drugs & Addiction - Jeffrey A. Coady, PsyD, Administrator, SAMHSA Region V

Insider Look at Rx Drug Abuse Within the Healthcare Setting - Rodrigo Garcia, CRNA, M.S., MBA, Director, Parkdale Recovery Center

Integrating Mental Health & Addiction into Primary Care 
David W. Crabb, M.D., John B. Hickam Professor and Chairman, Department of Medicine, IU School of Medicine; Chief of Internal Medicine, Eskenazi Health
Julie Vannerson, Associate Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program, IU School of Medicine

NAS – A Cry for Help 
Debbie Gloyd, RN BSM, Maternity Services Nurse Manager, Margaret Mary Health
Lacrisha Whitley, RN, Perinatal Educator, Reid Hospital, Mother Baby Care Center

INSPECT - Indiana Opioid Patterns & Behaviors, Eric R. Wright, M.A., PhD., Associate Professor, Sociology & Public Health, Georgia State University

The Golden Rule:  Why Urine Drug Monitoring is Good for Everyone
Andrew Trobridge, M.D., Spinal Therapeutics and Diagnostics, American Health Network
Dan Roth, DO, MBA, MS, Co-Owner and Medical Director, Summit Pain Management

Nalaxone:  Harm Reduction Program - Dan Bigg, Director of Harm Reduction, Chicago Recovery Alliance

Practical Implementation of the MLB’s Permanent Opioid Prescribing Rules
Palmer MacKie, M.D., Assistant Professor of the Clinical Medicine at IU School of Medicine
Amy LaHood, M.D., MPH, FAAFP, St. Vincent Residency Program

Community Prevention Video Showcase - Below are the videos that were presented at lunch

Healthier Morgan County

Indiana Prevention Resource Center - Mic Spot & Madison

Prevent Child Abuse of Delaware County -Honesty With Your Doctor

Indianapolis Colts - David Thornton, Former Linebacker

2013 Indiana Prescription Drug Abuse Symposium

More than 600 professionals participated in the Indiana Attorney General's 4th Annual Prescription Drug Abuse Symposium to target strategies to more aggressively combat this issue in our state. Attendees were composed of Indiana's health professionals, law enforcement officials, state legislators and other key stakeholders.

Check out the following list of last year's presentations and presenters which includes links to presentation materials:

Brain Disease of Addiction and How to Avoid Iatrogenic RelapseJames D. Ryser, Program Manager, Pain Services at Indiana University Health

A Hidden Epidemic: Neonatal Abstinence SyndromeCarla Saunders, NNP-BC, Advanced Practice Nurse Coordinator, East Tennessee Children’s Hospital  

Prevention and ProsecutionJoseph T. Rannazzisi, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of Diversion Control, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration

Monitoring: Drug Screening and INSPECT
Andrea Terrell, Ph.D., DABCC, Chief Scientific Officers, AIT Laboratories
Greg Pachmayr, INSPECT Director, Indiana Professional Licensing Agency

Treatment Program for JuvenilesGeoffrey Gaither, Magistrate, Marion County Superior Court, Juvenile Division

Collaboration and Supervision of Advanced Practice Nurses and Physician AssistantsAnne O’Brien, Associate, Krieg DeVault

Non-Pharmacologic Options for Chronic Non-Terminal Pain ManagementPalmer MacKie, M.D., Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine

Indiana Administrative Rules on Prescribing of Opioids for Chronic Pain Patients and Overview of the Rule Compliance Guide/Indiana Prescriber ToolkitDeborah McMahan, M.D., Allen County Health Dept & John McGoff, M.D., Medical Licensing Board Member, Indiana State Medical Association Trustee

Video of the 2013 Prescription Drug Abuse Symposium

2012 Indiana Prescription Drug Abuse Symposium

Video of the 2012 Prescription Drug Abuse Symposium