Speeches and Presentations

These are the most commonly requested speeches and trainings that I give. I also have others on “Basic Training for New Clinicians” and “How To Succeed in College.” I can create a unique speech or training for your event.

21st Century Drugs

Aug 2011 – Present

This cutting-edge, clinical presentation covers the 21st century drugs: energy drinks with alcohol, synthetic cannabinoids (K2, spice, space), bath salts, adderall, soma, molly, hydrocodone (vicodin), buprenorphine (suboxone), opana, fentanyl, and the new king, oxycodone. Participants will be taught side effects, withdrawal symptoms, street names, costs, common places these chemicals are bought, legal issues, and strategies you can use to treat your clients. State & National Data from multiple private and government sources is provided as well.


Life After Incarceration (or Drug Court)

Aug 2012 – Present

This is a keynote presentation and/or workshop for people involved in the criminal justice system, ex-offenders and criminal justice professionals.

I discuss the three keys to preventing recidivism: employment, education and sobriety.

I go over the statistics, which include:
2.3 million Americans are incarcerated
6.9 million are somewhere in the criminal justice system
53% of males and 39% of females return to the system within 3 years
75% have some kind of substance abuse history

I discuss the importance of a 1st day, 1st week and 1st month plan. I present soft and hard skills to help with the working world.

We cover how to avoid old friends and acquaintances, and we also describe people who have made it (both famous and not-famous). We can also provide one or more individuals who were in prison, got sober and completed college. They are very articulate and can add an incredible spark to your entire conference.


The History of Marijuana Policy in the United States (and Marijuana’s

Effects on the Brain & Body)

Jan 2014 – Present

Marijuana has been used in North America for a long time. By the late 1800’s, local, city and state governments were developing policies to deal with the control, sale and taxing of marijuana. We saw a rash of laws in the first half of the 20th century. Use of marijuana increased in the 2nd half of the 20th century, and a Medical Marijuana law was passed in California in 1996.

On January 1, 2014, it became legal to possess and use marijuana for recreation purposes in Colorado and Washington. Those states have become an experimental lab – other states are watching closely to see what happens economically, legally and health-wise.

This presentation goes through the history of marijuana laws and policy in the United States. It also discussed the effects of marijuana on the brain and body and cites a number of scientific studies. Finally, there is a very candid discussion about the pros and cons of legalization vs. decriminalization and the unintended consequences that arise from changing public policy.

This is a presentation that works equally well for advanced clinicians, high school or college students, community members, parents and/or lawmakers.


The Opiate Epidemic and the Medical Industrial Complex

Jul 2016 – Present

I retrace the history of opiate use from opium to prescription drugs and track the long history of heroin use. “The Opiate Epidemic and the Medical Industrial Complex” delves into how Big Pharma, doctors, insurance companies, marketers, the FDA, government policies, and consumers each hold some responsibility for the current epidemic, and what they can do to reverse this devastating trend.

Every group comes out poorly here. But solutions that have been undertaken in a variety of states are offered up at the conclusion.

This presentation makes the most sense for medical professionals, policy makers, politicians and community members who are advocating for change.

This is a 60 to 120 minute keynote or grand rounds speech.


Basic Training in Substance Misuse for Law Enforcement

Nov 2016 – Present

This is a 75 to 120 minute training that I deliver to law enforcement departments and/or agencies. I use narrative stories, statistics, and the most cutting edge treatment and policing strategies to inform officers who take this course. There is a bit of humor involved, as well as lessons I have learned from law enforcement officers over the years. I created this training because of the concern about for-profit treatment programs reaching out to police in order to expand their client base. This training does not have a sales pitch nor push for a specific treatment program. I discuss naloxone and the different types of Police Response Programs that currently exist around the country.