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Online CLE Opiate Addiction CLE

Uncovering the Role of Attorneys in Unstoppable Opiate Addiction

Live Webcast Date: Friday, March 03, 2017 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm (ET)
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Online CLE Opiate Addiction

Join us for this Knowledge Group Online CLE Opiate Addiction Webinar. Opiate addiction is a growing health problem in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), opioid overdoses have quadrupled since 1999. In 2015, the five states with the highest mortality rates due to overdose were West Virginia, New Hampshire, Kentucky, Ohio and Rhode Island.

Opiate abuse poses a serious threat to the American populace. It is, therefore, of utmost importance to address this issue now more than ever.

This course offers an overview of the current data related to opiate addiction. A panel of thought leaders will discuss the driving factors of the rising opiate abuse and how the healthcare industry can help address this issue.

In a two-hour Webcast, the speakers will discuss:

  • Opiate Addiction in the US
  • Heroin Use
  • Key Factors Driving the Rise of Opiate Abuse
  • The Role of Healthcare in Overdose Prevention
  • Federal and Local Government Programs

Who Should Attend

  • Pharma/Healthcare Attorneys & Advisors
  • Healthcare Law Attorneys
  • Healthcare Consultants
  • Health Services Professionals
  • Healthcare Service Providers
  • Medical Directors
  • Medical Providers
  • Pharmaceutical Company Executives
  • Professionals from Pharmaceutical Firms
  • Health Industry Advisors
  • Federal Healthcare Facilities


Online CLE Opiate Addiction
Charles Miller
Heygood, Orr & Pearson
Online CLE Opiate Addiction
Kay Van Wey
Van Wey Law, P.L.L.C.

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Online CLE Opiate Addiction

Charles Miller, Partner
Heygood, Orr & Pearson
  • Opiate Addiction in the US and Cases of fentanyl-related overdose deaths. 
    • Product liability cases. 
    • Medical malpractice unrelated to opioid addiction (e.g., prescribing to patients who were opioid naïve, had breathing problems, or were prescribed opioids with too many other CNS depressants, etc.) 
    • Physician’s failure to identify—and take appropriate actions—in response to clear signs of opioid addiction.
  • Heroin use and Classic signs that a pain management patient has an addiction problem
    • Prior suicide or overdose attempts;
    • A personal or family history of alcohol or drug abuse/addiction;
    • A history of depression;
    • Requests for early opioid refills;
    • Using more opioid medication than prescribed;
    • Getting additional opioids by visiting the ER or by “doctor shopping”
    • Obtaining additional opioids from friends or family members;
    • Instances where a patients is exhibiting signs of overmedication (e.g., slurring words).    
  • Key Factors to diminish the Rise of Opiate Abuse
    • Medical professionals should be vigilant in looking for signs of opioid addiction and/or misuse
    • should act quickly to get patients addiction treatment when warranted.

Kay Van Wey, Founder
Van Wey Law, P.L.L.C.

Pill Mill Litigation

  • Scope of the Problem
    • Prescription Narcotic Abuse Surpasses Cocaine and Heroin
      • Who is at fault for causing the problem?
      • Are Junkies or Accidental Addicts to Blame?
      • Who is at Risk?
    • Prescription Opioid Abuse: A First Step to Heroin Use?


  • Responsibilities when Dispensing Controlled Substance Prescriptions

Wholesale Distributors

  • Anti-Diversion Systems- Suspicious Order Monitoring Program


  • In Guilty Plea, OxyContin Maker to Pay $600 Million
  • Where is the FDA Coming From?

Failure to Warn

  • Chicago files suit against major narcotics makers

Online CLE Opiate Addiction

Online CLE Opiate Addiction

Charles MillerPartnerHeygood, Orr & Pearson

Charles Miller is Dallas-based trial lawyer practicing in the areas of products liability, personal injury, medical malpractice, and complex commercial litigation. Charles grew up in Tucson, Arizona where he attended the University of Arizona. Charles got his law degree from Texas Tech University. Charles was an editor on the Law Review and graduated summa cum laude. After Graduating from law school, Charles clerked for the Honorable John M. Duhé, Jr., a federal circuit judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Charles started his legal career as a commercial lawyer. He worked at Weil Gotshal & Manges, a national law firm based in New York, and McKool Smith, a Dallas-based commercial litigation boutique. In 2007, Charles joined Heygood Orr & Pearson and began handling products liability and medical malpractice cases. Charles is licensed in California, Texas and Arizona and handles cases nationwide.

Since joining Heygood Orr & Pearson, Charles has successfully handled over 400 opioid-related wrongful death cases. Charles was trial counsel in two jury trials involving defective fentanyl patches manufactured by ALZA Corporation, a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary. Both trials resulted in multi-million dollar jury verdicts for the plaintiffs. Charles has also successfully handled numerous medical malpractice cases where the negligent prescription of opioid painkillers caused patient deaths.

While at Weil Gotshal, Charles met his wife, Nicole, an appellate lawyer. Charles and Nicole have been happily married for six years. In his free time, Charles loves to read the New York Times, cook vegan meals with his wife, and play with his 3 year old son Benjamin.

Online CLE Opiate Addiction

Kay Van WeyFounderVan Wey Law, P.L.L.C.

Kay L. Van Wey is an experienced personal injury trial lawyer. She is the owner of Van Wey Law, a litigation firm which specializes in medical malpractice, dangerous drugs and defective medical devices and other types of serious or fatal personal injuries. Kay has been named a Texas Super Lawyer for the past 14 consecutive years, as well as recognized on the D Best list, ranking her among the best personal injury lawyers in Dallas. Kay is board certified in personal injury trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.  Several of Kay’s cases have been featured on national media.  Kay has attained membership in the Million Dollar as well as the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, based upon her work on particular cases.

Kay earned her J.D. from the Oklahoma City University School of Law and is licensed to practice in Texas, Oklahoma and Illinois.  

Online CLE Opiate Addiction

Course Level:

Advance Preparation:
   Print and review course materials

Method Of Presentation:
   On-demand Webcast


Course Code:

NASBA Field of Study:
   Specialized Knowledge - Technical

NY Category of CLE Credit:
   Areas of Professional Practice

Total Credits:
    2.0 CLE

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About the Knowledge Group

The Knowledge Group

The Knowledge Group has been a leading global provider of Continuing Education (CLE, CPE) for over 13 Years. We produce over 450 LIVE webcasts annually and have a catalog of over 4,000 on-demand courses.

Heygood Orr & Pearson (HOP) is a Dallas-based litigation firm that represents plaintiffs in personal injury, product liability, medical malpractice, consumer and class action cases.  HOP has handled hundreds of wrongful death cases involving the opioid painkiller, fentanyl.  HOP’s fentanyl cases have included both product liability and medical malpractice cases.  HOP has also handled hundreds of design-defect product liability cases against major table saw manufacturers.  HOP is currently on the plaintiff’s steering committee and has been appointed as class counsel in the Volkswagen “Clean Diesel” MDL pending the Northern District of California.

The attorneys and staff at Van Wey Law are dedicated to treating each client with dignity and respect and affording each person the individualized attention they deserve. The team members are caring and compassionate professionals who have first-hand experience of pain and loss in our own lives. They are able to relate to their clients thus making them become part of the firm family. The entire team is laser focused on achieving results for their clients that serve a purpose of “righting wrongs” by restoring dignity and assuring financial peace of mind.  

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