We Don't Have an Opioid Crisis in America.

We Have a Controlled Substance Epidemic.

If you are a Practitioner, Pharmacist, Educator, Parent, Patient, Law Enforcement Officer, Workplace / Human Resources or Compliance Officer, you have an opportunity to BE THE CHANGE and help turn this crisis around.


Jodi currently speaks to diverse organizations and demographics about the health crisis in America, our responsibility to inform, monitor, and document our process for opioid therapy, and giving a face to those affected by addiction. Regardless of the discipline, profession, entity or organization, each individual will leave the presentation with a solution that can quickly - if not immediately - implemented to stem the greatest drug epidemic this country has ever seen.

It's time to stop talking about it. It's time for solutions. It's time to... Be the Change!

 

Talk to Jodi About Presenting at Your Upcoming Event


Current Presentations:

Series 1: For Practitioners

Your Name is on the Bottle:

Litigation Trends When Prescribing Controlled Substances and Tools Proven to Protect Yourself, Your Practice and Your Community.

Jodi Switalski astonishes audiences with scientifically based, comprehensive presentations combined with emotional, anecdotal experiences from the field to present one of the most compelling cases for action to mitigate liability resulting from the worst drug epidemic our country has ever seen. Her presentation artfully presents the reality of the epidemic, its impact on all demographics and the paradigm shift of liabilities focus on the medical profession. Jodi will then illustrate the tools necessary to protect your practice, founded in the most current case law, best practices and science to create assessment and treatment systems. She closes in a style that may shock you, inspire you, and certainly empower you with the simple solutions to protect yourself, your practice and your community from this epidemic and wave of litigation.

Objectives:

  • Learn and understand the paradigm shift in litigation and why the cross hairs are pointed at the medical and dental professional; this includes a discussion of both criminal and civil trends
  • Create an assessment and treatment system to protect against patient diversion attempts, developing addiction and more
  • Understand the nuances behind taking a patient history that truly informs
  • Get beyond the basics of mitigation strategies - understand what it really means to inform your patients through controlled substance agreements, pain management contracts, acute care policies and more.
  • Understand why the one page or brief informed consent document does not constitute knowledge and consent in the face of today's epidemic
  • Learn the specifics of informed consent - everything from when to use, proper form and content, how to elicit investment through effective communication tools and more.
  • Understand that monitoring does not mean policing your patient - how the do no harm philosophy applies when monitoring when using controlled substances.
  • Learn the monitoring techniques that are and are not liability and culpability red flags.
  • Learn and understand the importance of treatment plans, care coordination strategies, preventing medical abandonment and more.
  • Best practices for compliance will be discussed that meet and exceed state requirements.

“This seminar comprehensively provided me and my residency faculty with the informative tools needed to accurately address our new state requirements regulating opioid prescriptions. [Judge] Jodi is a dynamic and captivating speaker who continuously kept our attention until her last word was spoken. Absolutely phenomenal presentation!”

Pierre Morris, MD, (Rochester, MI)

“I drove 100 miles to attend the live CME in Marquette. I knew I needed the course on opioids for my Michigan Licensure, but I really didn't want to go that day. Fortunately I didn't blow it off, as [Judge] Jodi was a terrific, engaging speaker with obvious passionate interests in getting her point across and a real desire to help those suffering with this disease. Great work, my MAFP!”

Mark Shebuski, MD, (Mohawk, MI)


Call (248) 224-9482 to Contact Jodi Switalski to Speak at Your Conference, Event, or Seminar

Series 2: For Law Enforcement

Not Just Protect and Serve Anymore:

The Expanding Role and Responsibilities of Today's Law Enforcement and Evidence Based Tools for Addressing America's Drug Epidemic.

*This presentation is appropriate for many professions related to or interrelated to law enforcement including probation, department of corrections, EMS, 911 operators, courts, prosecutors and more.

In the era of the greatest drug epidemic our country has ever seen, what does “to protect and serve” mean anymore? “To see and cause our community’s peace to be kept and preserved without malice or ill will?” Law enforcement officers are required to know and do so much more than ever before. The only way to “faithfully execute their duties” is to expand their scope of knowledge, and yes, their responsibilities. Officers are first responders. They have the responsibility and OPPORTUNITY for early assessment, discretion as to how the case (if there is one) moves forward in the justice system. The impact of substance abuse, trauma and violence, mental health and more cannot be overlooked when arriving in those situations and making decisions about a subject’s well-being and their own.

This presentation will provide the foundation necessary in this increasing climate of externalities related to substance abuse, trauma and violence and mental health. It will conclude with information and a discussion of solutions and systems that are being implemented nationally by varying agencies to combat this epidemic. Only by arming yourself with this information can we ensure the safety of the parties involved, their long term well-being, and yours, the officer. It is not just protect and serve anymore.

Objectives: (not exclusive list)

  • Understand the state of controlled substance epidemic in the United States.
  • Understand the neurobiology of addiction. What is addiction (substance use disorder)?
  • Basic/fundamentals of Treatment – what are treatment courts and how can law enforcement make a more significant contribution? Explain assessment tools that can also be used at scene arrival and more. Understand the opportunity to break down silos and work with other agencies.
  • Understand the importance of trauma. It’s relationship with substance use and abuse disorders and mental health.
  • Understand trauma, veterans and PTSD. A discussion of suicide by cop will be included along with the necessity of being more than just trauma informed, to be effective you must be trauma competent (and what that means will be explained).
  • Understand the intersection of domestic violence (interpersonal violence) and substance abuse and mental health. It’s impact on children short term and long. This will include an explanation and prevalence of neonatal abstinence syndrome and how that impacts a child’s and individuals long term well-being. (why are they so aggressive when you arrive on scene?)
  • Expand and discuss the law enforcement challenges as first responders. How to interact with children and then child welfare or child protection agencies. How and when to use Narcan/naloxone and national trends and protocols involving it’s use. Understand it’s efficacy and limitations.
  • Understand the medical and dental profession and why they continue to prescribe. How to work with them and create agreements to break down silos for improved outcomes. Learn what regulatory sanctions, criminal culpabilities and civil liabilities exist for the medical and dental profession.
  • Discuss and receive contacts for national programs proving to be successful in combating this epidemic. How your agency can show leadership and commitment to long term positive outcomes.

“Jodi's presentation compelled officers like myself to look at the scope of opioid addiction through a different lens. Her presentation was dynamic, engaging, and powerful.”

Ivettelis Perez, US Probation Officer


Call (248) 224-9482 to Contact Jodi Switalski to Speak at Your Conference, Event, or Seminar

Series 3: For the Mental Health Industry

Every 9 Seconds:

The Braided Relationship of Interpersonal Violence, Substance Abuse and Mental Health.

Every 9 seconds in the United States a woman is physically abused by her intimate partner. 19% of the time a weapon is involved and the presence of a gun increases the risk of homicide by 500%. These patterns of assaultive and coercive behaviors are often married to correlates of substance abuse and characteristic mental health concerns. Evidence suggests that substance abuse plays a facilitative role in interpersonal violence by precipitating or exacerbating violence (among other issues). And the violence, substance abuse and corresponding trauma, don’t stop with the parties involved. The collateral or ripple effect of this negative relationship system expands well beyond the parties and especially when children are involved. This presentation seeks to explore these issues and more offering not only the foundation of the woven relationship but also epidemiological factors, and presents solutions for obtaining a positive resolution to a system wrought with significant violence, substance abuse and trauma.

Objectives:

  • Explain the state of interpersonal violence (domestic violence) in the United States. (or internationally)
  • Explain the varying types of violence and the co-occurring factors that often exist for both the perpetrator and the victim.
  • Understand the basic foundation of systems theory and how it applies to treatment and recovery processes involving interpersonal violence, substance abuse and mental health.
  • Understand the state of child welfare as it pertains to interpersonal violence, substance abuse and mental health and the impact of removal on long term well-being.
  • Obtain a brief understanding of the etiology of neonatal abstinence syndrome (neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome).
  • Understand current treatment protocols and assessment tools and the importance of early discovery when co-morbidities exist.
  • Expand the systems theory discussion and explain the benefit and outcomes of a family dependency court and treating the entire system.

“Excellent, articulate, thorough, cerebral, scary talk this am.”

James A. Slater, MD, New Canaan Medical Groups


Call (248) 224-9482 to Contact Jodi Switalski to Speak at Your Conference, Event, or Seminar

Series 4: For the Workplace

Personal and Professional Liabilities in the Era of the Greatest Drug Epidemic our Country has Experienced: Curing the defects to your knowledge in both business and personal protocols.

At a time when current studies show that 70% of employers have been impacted by prescription drugs and only 19% feel prepared to deal with prescription drug use, the epidemic is costing businesses in this country billions of dollars annually. An intensely informative presentation, riddled with research, caselaw, anecdotes and wit, Jodi will leave you with an understanding unlike any other of the current epidemic along with the tools to move forward to protect your business, yourself and your employees from the effects of the greatest drug epidemic this country has ever experienced. Drug Free Workplace policies, Employee Assistance Programs and Safety Testing laws and regulations are often outdated and could never have contemplated as originally written the impact of the use of controlled substances on the workplace, not to mention the legalization of marijuana.

Key issues covered include:

  • Current state of the controlled substance epidemic in the United States and Internationally
  • Impact of the use and misuse of controlled substances on the individual and family
  • Impact of the use and misuse of controlled substance on the business/employer
  • Shifting trends in substance abuse and the relationship with Drug Free Workplace Policies, Employee Assistance Programs and the EEOC
  • Status of the law and litigation (liability) relating to substance use and abuse in the workplace, drug screening and failure to train and inform with recommendations to cure liability
  • Policy updates and employee education including the basics on controlled substances, influencers on risk, the impact on the family, current substance abuse trends and more

Value to Members:

Offers significant information and tools on the necessity of updates to current DFWP policies, EAP and employee and/or supervisor training programs to mitigate liability and create stronger – safer – work environments. It also offers strong educational information for health and wellness programs, risk management/human resources updates, and corporate community leadership programs and sponsorships on current issues surrounding workplace substance abuse that is also applicable to enhance personal, professional and community well-being, prevention and education programs.

Suggested Areas of Applicability:

  • Beyond Business: Family and Relationships, Health and Well Being, Community Awareness
  • Business Services: Insurance/Risk Management
  • General Business: Consulting, Corporate Communications, Government Regulations, Future Trends
  • Human Resources: Compensation and Benefits, Employee Termination, Employment and Labor Law, Program Policy Design and Compliance, Safety in the Workplace, Training, Management Development, Worker’s Compensation
  • Personal/Professional Development: Self Knowledge

Call (248) 224-9482 to Contact Jodi Switalski to Speak at Your Conference, Event, or Seminar

Series 5: For the Medical and Dental Industries

America’s Controlled Substance Epidemic: the duty to inform, monitor and document as proven solutions for better treatment systems, reduction in misuse/abuse and reducing civil and criminal liabilities.

With a background in treatment and medicine, Jodi astonishes audiences with scientifically based, multi-disciplinary and comprehensive presentations combined with emotional, anecdotal experiences from the field to present one of the most compelling cases for action to mitigate liability resulting from the worst drug epidemic our country has ever seen. Her presentation artfully presents the reality of the epidemic, its impact on all demographics and the paradigm shift of liabilities focus on the medical profession. Jodi will then illustrate the tools necessary to protect your practice, founded in the most current case law, best practices and science. She closes in a style that may shock you, inspire you, and certainly empower you with the simple SOLUTIONS to protect yourself, your practice and your community from this epidemic and wave of litigation.

Objectives:

  • Learn and understand the paradigm shift in litigation and why the cross hairs are pointed at the medical and dental professional; this includes a discussion of both criminal and civil trends
  • Create an assessment and treatment system to protect against patient diversion attempts, developing addiction and more
  • Understand the nuances behind taking a patient history that truly informs
  • Get beyond the basics of mitigation strategies - understand what it really means to inform your patients through controlled substance agreements, pain management contracts, acute care policies and more.
  • Understand why the one page or brief informed consent document does not constitute knowledge and consent in the face of today's epidemic
  • Learn the specifics of informed consent - everything from when to use, proper form and content, what to say and more.
  • Understand that monitoring does not mean policing your patient - how the do no harm philosophy applies when monitoring when using controlled substances.
  • Learn the monitoring techniques that are and are not liability and culpability red flags.
  • Learn and understand the importance of treatment plans, care coordination strategies, preventing medical abandonment and more.
  • Best practices for compliance will be discussed that meet and exceed state requirements.

Call (248) 224-9482 to Contact Jodi Switalski to Speak at Your Conference, Event, or Seminar

Series 6: For the School/Community

A full-day program consists of a maximum of four presentations including interactive sessions with the students, administration, faculty, follow-up committee and parents.

To start the program, Jodi Debbrecht Switalski will talk to students in an assembly setting where adults are welcome. They will talk about the “real” world of substance abuse and the many misconceptions. The students will then be invited to voluntarily attend a focus session where there are no other adults present. During this session, Jodi they will ask the students questions and the students will have ample opportunity to ask them questions. They will be completely honest with the students and will encourage the students be honest with them. Jodi will talk about what the student’s perceptions are regarding drugs, alcohol and other wellness related issues in their school and community, what they feel are the attitudes of their parents and the school and how they feel about the substance abuse education they are currently receiving (or typically not receiving). Jodi informs the students prior to this session that the generalities of the information gathered will be shared with the faculty, administration and parents and that the names of the students will not be mentioned unless they feel that a student is at risk. Students constantly remark that “Jodi are honest and blunt, but they do not preach”. Kids want to talk. Based on the information gathered during the focus group, Jodi will then meet with the faculty, administration and follow-up committee to lay the foundation for a strong prevention program.

To complete the program, Jodi will meet with the parents for a presentation in the evening (one-hour presentation followed by thirty minutes for Q & A).  Jodi highly encourages that this program be parent-mandated (for all parents with students in private schools & for all parents with students involved in extra-curricular activities for public schools). It is also crucial that programs such as this be repeated and that the parent education continues a mandated basis. Follow-up. Based on Jodi’s program and assessment of each school, a suggested course of action will be provided to be implemented within a three-twelve-month period. Jodi strongly urges each school and community to implement the appropriate follow-up to this program. This follow-up will consist of the steps and scientifically based mandated programs needed to ensure that parents, teachers, administrators and community members continue the education and support so desperately needed by our youth facing the current drug epidemic in school today.


Call (248) 224-9482 to Contact Jodi Switalski to Speak at Your Conference, Event, or Seminar


It’s Time to Do Something and Be the Change!

Jodi is widely recognized as an authority in the opioid addiction and prevention space. She has been motivating professionals, nationwide, to take charge of this health crisis and be the change needed to prevent further harm to the people we treat. Her lectures and presentations have been heard at some of the most recognized conferences and centers in the country.

Notable Past Presentations and Consulting Engagements:

2018 Rockhurst High School (presenting since 2013)
2018 Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine
2018 Florida State Medical Society, Michigan State Medical Society (both CME)
2018 The Alliance & National Cooperative Annual Conference (workplace)
2018 International Association of Law Enforcement Standards and Directors
2018 Michigan Association of Family Physicians, Michigan Primary Care Association (both CME)
2018 Nevada Board of Dental Examiners (CME)
2018 Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgeons
2018 Seattle Study Clubs (across the country)
2018 Ten State Conference (Family Physicians)
2018 Vistage Workplace Programs
2018 Marietta, OH High Schools, Law Enforcement and Medical Community programs (3 day presentation)
2017 Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America
2016, 2017 CT Academy of Family Physicians; CT Academy of Physicians
2016, 2017 Numerous keynote presentations for Native American Tribes around the US
2016, 2017 Smoky Mountain Criminal Justice Conference
2016, 2017 OK Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Conference (Keynote)
2017 Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America
2017 Texas Nurse Practitioners Conference (Keynote)
2016, 2017 The International Conference on Opioids, Harvard Medical School (Keynote)
2016 MD Anderson Cancer Hospital, Houston, Texas
2016 Boston University SCOPE of Pain, Panelist
2016 National Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
2016 US Probation Department, New Jersey
2016 Western Connecticut Medical Group, Danbury and Norwalk, CT in conjunction with Newtown, CT School and Community presentations
2016 Seattle Study Club National Conference (Dental)
2014, 2015, 2016 Wayne State Pharmacy School (keynote), PharmD program
2015 PAIN Weekend
2015 National Association of Drug Court Professionals Conference (Keynote)

Join Jodi Switalski Today and BE THE CHANGE!

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