HB Webinar: The Opioid Addiction Story – What Tort Attorneys Should Know About Opiates & How This Epidemic Came to Be

Presented by HB Litigation Conferences
With Forensic Psychiatrist and Addiction Specialist David Kan, M.D., D.F.A.S.A.M.

This webinar took place Aug. 1, 2019 — view the free, video recording of the webinar below.

As opioid addiction continues to claim lives and litigation continues to expand, attorneys who may have potential clients – as plaintiffs or defendants – will benefit from this 95-minute session with Dr. David Kan, who has been retained by plaintiffs in the opioid MDL in Ohio. This live webinar is designed to give a balanced overview of the history, use and health effects of opioids. In other words: How opioids work on the human brain, why they are they so deadly, and how we got here.

View the Free, Video Recording of This Webinar

What’s Covered

  • A history of opioid use in the United States.
  • The socio-economic aspects of opioid use and abuse.
  • The impact of opioids on the brain.
  • The multi-phase development of the epidemic.
  • What makes opioids so addictive.
  • Overdoses: Prescribed and non-prescribed medicines.
  • Treatment and rehabilitation.
  • Noteworthy studies you must understand.
  • A history of the sales, marketing and regulation of opioid products.
  • Differences of opinion.

About Dr. Kan

Dr. David Y. Kan received his BA and MD degree from Northwestern University and he completed his residency in Psychiatry and postdoctoral training in Forensic Psychiatry at University of California, San Francisco, Medical Center. He is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Psychiatry with Added Qualifications in Forensic Psychiatry.

His areas of special clinical and forensic psychiatric interest include substance abuse, violence and suicide risk assessment, medical malpractice, assessment of sexual offenders, electroconvulsive therapy and impaired professionals. He currently maintains a clinical faculty appointment at the University of California, San Francisco and works full-time in Substance Abuse Treatment at the Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center in San Francisco. In the past he has served as a Qualified Medical Examiner (“QME”) for the State of California (active status 2003-2005, currently “inactive”)

Dr. Kan has been a forensic expert in over 40 cases and has been qualified as an expert in the San Francisco Court system on over 30 occasions. He regularly lectures to attorneys, judges and professional groups on forensic and addiction psychiatry topics.

Dr. Kan has is a member of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (AAPL) and currently serves on AAPL’s Addiction and Sex Offender’s committee. He has presented on research on Methamphetamine and the Insanity Defense at AAPL’s National meeting.

He currently devotes 25% of his practice time to the subspecialty of Forensic Psychiatry and Medical-Legal Consultation in addition to his VA employment. He is also employed part-time by the City and County of San Francisco Community Behavioral Health network as a third-party evaluator for electroconvulsive therapy, conservatorship assessments, hospital utilization review and risk assessment.

Dr. Kan is an independent contractor to Forensic Psychiatric Associates, LP (fpamed.com), which provided assistance to defense and plaintiff attorneys around the country. Dr. Kan has been retained by plaintiffs in the Opioid MDL in Ohio.

Education: 2003-2004 University of California, San Francisco Fellow, Psychiatry and Law Program 1999-2003 University of California, San Francisco Psychiatry Residency 1995-1999 Northwestern University Medical School M.D. 1992-1995 Northwestern University, College of Arts and Sciences B.A., Psychology.

Current Positions: Private Practice Specializing in Criminal and Civil Forensic Psychiatry, Addiction Psychiatry; General Adult Psychiatry, and Psychopharmacology, UCSF Department of Psychiatry Clinical Faculty; San Francisco Community Behavioral Health Psychiatric Conservatorship; Electroconvulsive Therapy and Risk Assessment Evaluator for the City and County of San Francisco; Utilization review psychiatrist for the City and County of San Francisco; Chief Medical Officer for Bright Heart Health; Medical Director of Bright Heart Health’s Substance Use Disorder program providing supervision of clinical operations for Telehealth Substance Use Disorder Treatment; University of California, San Francisco Volunteer clinical faculty providing clinical supervision and didactic instruction to UCSF Medical Students, Psychiatry Residents, and Postgraduate Trainees; Prescription Opioid and Overdose Prevention Workgroup Member, Committee convened by California Department of Public Health to address the opioid crisis in California.

Publications:  Pharmacological Treatment for Opioid Use Disorders, Kan D; The ASAM Essentials of Addiction Medicine, Chapter Author, WoltersKluwer 2019; Pharmacological Treatment for Opioid Use Disorders, Kan D, Zweben, J, et al.; The ASAM Principles of Addiction Medicine, Chapter Author, WoltersKluwer; Guideline for Physicians Working in California Opioid Treatment Programs, California Society of Addiction Medicine, Contributing Editor.

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