1. The Opioid Crisis: Don’t Let It Come to Your Campus

The Opioid Crisis: Don’t Let It Come to Your Campus

The Opioid Crisis: Don’t Let It Come to Your Campus
Event ID: 69449
Session ID: 15935

Duration: 90 minutes including question and answer session.
Presenter: Dr. James Ottavio Castagnera, Esq., managing director of K&C HR Enterprises and legal counsel at Rider University
Price: $299.00 On-Demand includes full audio presentation, question and answer session, and presentation slides.
Who Should Attend? Administrators, attorneys, health services staff, student counselors, faculty, residential staff, student services, public safety officials, human resources
Best For: Higher education

In October 2017, the United States government declared the opioid epidemic to be a Public Health Emergency. Why? Because during the year leading to that declaration, 116 Americans had died every day from opioids. In fact, opioids are now the leading cause of death in America, outpacing auto accidents and gun violence. It is no surprise then that college campuses are as vulnerable as any other community across the country. According to Dr. Patrice Malone of Columbia University and the New York State Psychiatric Institute, “The use of opiates by college students has risen dramatically over the past two decades, resulting in increased accidental overdose…, thus making the quest for identifying strategies to address this public health crisis essential.”

Our shared mandate requires that we educate students about substance abuse; enforce our state and federal laws on campus along with our own policies on drug and alcohol abuse; provide adequate resources for struggling students, and encourage our students to seek help when necessary. Please join Dr. James Castagnera for a session covering what colleges can be doing to protect and assist their students from the perils of the opioid crisis.


Just a sampling of what this webinar will cover:

  • Effective drug and alcohol abuse policies that meet the challenges of this new era of legalized marijuana and the opioid epidemic
  • The interplay of a dizzying array of federal and state statutes, including the federal Controlled Substances Act and the ADA; state statutes aimed at ameliorating the opioid crisis, as well as state and local laws legalizing medical and recreational marijuana
  • Educational, training and prevention programs proven effective on campuses such as your own
  • The warning signs of drug abuse and addiction
  • Steps to be taken in anticipation of an opioid-overdose crisis
  • Effective responses to an opioid overdose


Your conference leader for “The Opioid Crisis: Don’t Let It Come to Your Campus” is Dr. James Ottavio Castagnera, Esq. Jim holds a JD and a PhD from Case Western Reserve University. He was a labor, employment, and intellectual property lawyer at the Philadelphia law firm of Saul Ewing for ten years before joining Rider University as associate provost and legal counsel for academic affairs. His portfolio in that capacity has included regulatory compliance and research integrity; labor relations, litigation management, and dispute resolution; human subjects research, animal facilities, and lab safety; international faculty and student issues; services to students with disabilities; academic-program development, and academic governance matters. His publications include 21 books, mostly on education and employment topics. He teaches human-resource compliance courses online for Drexel University’s law school and is the chief consultant for his company, K&C HR Enterprises/Holland Media Services.

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