Media update…

Relatively recently, I’ve participated in three presentations that I’d like to share: (1) Louisville Bar Association, (2) Louisville Forward Radio, and (3) the KY Harm Reduction Coalition

First is a discussion about the medical potential, as well as the risks, of marijuana.

Here’s four good references I used for the medical marijuana forum…

(1) American Medical Association:

(2) American Society of Addiction Medicine:

(3) American Psychiatric Association:

(4) Greater Louisville Medical Society (my article begins on page 16):

And second, I’d like to share a two-part discussion on “the opioid crisis” from Louisville Forward Radio

Dr. Pat Murphy, pain and addiction specialist in a discussion with Mike Flynn and Gene Shively regarding the U.S. addiction epidemic and a healing path forward.

Part 1 • March 10, 2022

Part 2 • June 7, 2022

And finally, here is a video posted on the Kentucky Harm Reduction Coalition’s Facebook page with me discussing, what else? – Harm Reduction.

We interviewed board member and addiction specialist Dr. James Murphy on all things addiction, harm reduction, and the opioid epidemic. Give it a watch and spread the word – together we can break the stigma!

Medication Assisted Treatment – a Presentation for the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy • 50th Annual Public Defender Education Conference • The Galt House Hotel • Louisville, KY, June 13, 2022

On June 13, 2022, I had the pleasure of presenting on the topic of MAT, i.e., Medication Assisted Treatment, or more recently known as MOUD, Medication for Opioid Use Disorder. Here is a selected portion of my slides, with some recommended references at the end. I sincerely appreciate being asked to give this presentation to such a wonderful and vital group of people serving our community and our justice system. It was an honor to be there with them for their Annual Public Defender Education Conference.


• AMA  –  The nation’s drug-related overdose epidemic

 • OPIOID TASK FORCE 2020 PROGRESS REPORT (AMA), Physicians’ progress toward ending the nation’s drug overdose and death epidemic

• Methadone and buprenorphine reduce risk of death after opioid overdose – News Release, June 19, 2018

• 2020 Overdose Fatality Report Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy

• 2021 Overdose Fatality Report Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy


• Public Policy Statement on Substance Use, Misuse, and Use Disorders During and Following Pregnancy, with an Emphasis on Opioids – ASAM

• Treatment in Correctional Settings Toolkit – ASAM

• SAMHSA TIP 63: Medications for Opioid Use Disorder – Full Document.

• Parsons, Jim: Minimizing Harm: Public Health and Justice System Responses to Drug Use and the Opioid Crisis by Jim Parsons. Vera Evidence Brief. December 2017

• Against Our Instincts: Decriminalization of Buprenorphine – John C. Messinger, Anand Chukka and J. Wesley Boyd.The Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine March 2022,  35 (2) 394-397; DOI:

• The Science of Opioid Addiction and Treatment – NOVA PBS