Healthcare Legal Issues Take the Stage at PAINWeek 2009

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Jennifer Bolen, JD, Presents Mock Trial and Ethan Nadelmann, PhD, JD, is Keynote Speaker on the Failed War on Drugs

US vs Pain Management Clinician.

PAINWeek® 2009, the national conference for frontline practitioners, will feature Ethan Nadelmann, founder of the Drug Policy Alliance advocating for drug reform in the United States as keynote speaker former Assistant US Attorney Jennifer Bolen, JD, presenting a Mock Trial (US vs Pain Clinician), and the controversial for its annual healthcare conference meeting September 9-12 at the Red Rock Casino, Resort, and Spa in Las Vegas, Nevada. PAINWeek is the premiere conference for healthcare practitioners in the United States, this year welcoming over 1000 clinicians who research and treat pain to over 75 session-hours for CME/CE credit, 40+ exhibitors, 65 abstract presentations, corporate-sponsored and satellite symposia, master classes, and special sessions.

Ethan Nadelmann, PhD, JD, who earned his BA, PhD, and JD at Harvard and a Master's degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics, is founder and director of the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA), the leading organization in the US promoting alternatives to the war on drugs. The DPA advocates for drug policies grounded in science, compassion, health, and human rights. The US war on drugs is not only not working, it's a disaster, believes Nadelmann. The US government has spent hundreds of billions of tax dollars trying to make America "drug-free," and yet heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, and other illicit drugs are cheaper, purer, and easier to get than ever before. Nearly half a million people in the US are behind bars on drug charges--that's twice the number that all of western Europe, with a larger population, incarcerates for all offenses. Drug abuse is bad, contends Nadelmann, but the drug war is worse.

Jennifer Bolen, JD, knows all too well what the US legal system can do to physicians--her practice represents those who have been deemed "threats to society" because of their prescribing. Bolen served as an Assistant US Attorney with the US Department of Justice for nearly 14 years. In 2002, she founded The Legal Side of Pain®, and entered private practice to educate healthcare providers on medico-legal issues on the use of controlled substances to treat pain. Attorney Bolen's sessions will include a lively Mock Trial: "US vs Pain Management Clinician."

The Mock Trial involves "criminal allegations against a medical doctor and a nurse practitioner" relating to their prescribing of controlled substances to treat pain in an internal medicine setting. Bolen and faculty peers will present both sides of the case using interactive skits and sample trial presentations, including client interviews, sample jury selection, opening arguments, arguments to a judge on use of expert witness testimony, medical standards of care, direct and cross-examination of experts, and closing arguments. An hour-long question and answer session follows in which Bolen helps prescribers protect themselves by advising them on keeping records and monitoring patients.

About PAINWeek:
PAINWeek® 2009 hosts its largest event ever, welcoming over 1000 healthcare professionals to a four-day conference with over 75+ hours of continuing medical education (CE/CME) for frontline practitioners, including physicians, physician assistants, nurses, pharmacists, psychologists, physical therapists, dentists, complementary and alternative practitioners, and others who treat pain. The conference is annually held at the Red Rock Casino, Resort, and Spa in Las Vegas; this year the conference dates are Wednesday, September 9, to Saturday, September 12. The convention floor of the Red Rock is filled to capacity with sessions, symposia, exhibits, nonprofit and corporate-sponsored events, abstract presentations, and much more.
For more information, visit http://www.painweek.org.

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