July 20, 2016  

Dr. David Satcher, former US Surgeon General to Keynote the 11th Drug Addiction Symposium at CDU August 5th

“Drug Addiction is a Brain Disease” says the former US Surgeon General



Also speaking:Wilson Compton, M.D., M.P.E.
Deputy Director, National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA)

The 11th Drug Abuse Research Symposium will be held Friday, August 5, 2016 from 8:00am to 4:00pm at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU).   The keynote speakers will be David Satcher, M.D., Ph.D., Founder and Senior Advisor ofSatcher Health Leadership Institute, Morehouse School of Medicine, 16th US Surgeon General and Wilson Compton, M.D., M.P.E., Deputy Director, National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA). Themes include prescription drug abuse, marijuana legislation and electronic cigarettes.

As part of the Symposium, slots for presentations by junior researchers have been reserved in the broad field of substance abuse. Approximately 4 abstracts will be selected for oral presentations and up to seven abstracts will be selected for poster presentation. Preferences will be given to abstracts related to the themes of the Symposium.

Dr. Satcher said, “The misuse/abuse of drugs – whether prescription or illicit – is a deadly epidemic which we must find a way to end.”

That sentiment is the crux of Dr. Theodore Friedman’s work as Program Director of the Diversity-Promoting Institution Drug Abuse Research Program (DIDARP).

“This symposium brings together experts in the field to address three key issues in drug addiction: marijuana legislation, electronic cigarettes and prescription opioid abuse. You won’t want to miss hearing Dr. David Satcher, the 16th US Surgeon General, Dr. Wilson Compton, deputy director of NIDA, and other experts to discuss these timely issues,” said Dr. Friedman.

A few of the many presentations include:

Science=Solutions: Update from the National Institute on Drug Abuse,  by Wilson M. Compton, M.D., M.P.E., Deputy Director, National Institute on Drug Abuse, 8:55- 9:50 am          

Marijuana legalization 2016: Understanding the Policy Landscape and Design considerations, Beau Kilmer, Ph.D. Co-Director, RAND Drug Policy Research Center, 9:55-10:30 am

Combatting Drugged Driving, Senator Bob Huff, California State Senator (29th District) 10:40 – 11:00 am

Electronic Cigarettes: An Opportunity or a Threat to Health? (via videoconference)
Director, The National Institute for Health Innovation (NIHI)
School of Population Health, The University of Auckland, 11:00 -11:35 am

A Mouse Chamber to Test Electronic Cigarettes, Max Shao, MD, Associate Professor, UCLA, Theodore Friedman, MD, PhD, Professor, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, 11:35-11:50 am

Confronting Substance Misuse – The Implications of Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity, David Satcher, M.D., Ph.D.(CME event),Founder and Senior Advisor
Satcher Health Leadership Institute, Morehouse School of Medicine, 16th US Surgeon General  1:10- 2:10 pm

The event will be held at the Keck Lecture Hall, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, 1731 E. 120th St., Los Angeles, CA 90059. Registration begins at 7:30am. 

Attendees are asked to register by August 3, 2016 at For questions, contact Dr. Friedman, OF DIDARP (R24DA017298), which has been funded by the National institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) at

For information about the accreditation of this program, please contact Charles R. Drew University at (323) 563.9349.

View this five page digital agenda click here.



Isidra Person-Lynn,
Communications Specialist
323.563.5833 or 213.422.8707




About Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
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