Michigan Synthetic Summit Agenda | Aug 9, 2012

Michigan Synthetic Summit Agenda | Aug 9, 2012


August 9, 2012 - Professional Session

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The Synthetic Summit is a collaboration of efforts including Brighton Center For Recovery (formerly Brighton Hospital), Livingston County Catholic Charities, HSCB Substance Abuse Workgroups, Livingston Community Prevention Project, and Substance Free Future Foundation.  

8:30am                 Registration
9:00am                 Scott Masi, Outreach Specialist, Brighton Center for Recovery
                                                Introduction & Welcome
9:05am                 Karen Bergbower, LMSW, CAADC, CPC-M, P.C., Karen Bergbower and Associates
                                                Synthetic Epidemic
9:35am                 Dr. Heather Schmidt, St. Joseph Healthcare System
                                                Medical Data
9:50am                 Angie Wiloughby, LMSW, CAADC, ACCESS Coordinator Livingston County CMH
                                                Local Impact
10:00am               Judge Jodi Debbrecht, 51st District Court Waterford,
Livingston County Prosecutor David Morse, and Livingston County Sheriff Bob Bezotte
                                                Legal Perspectives
10:30am               Dr. Edward Jouney, DO, MS, Department of Psychiatry, U of M Medical School

                                                Psychiatric Impact of Synthetic Drugs
11:15am               Joe Rannazzisi, Drug Enforcement Administration, Deputy Assistant
Administrator/ Deputy Chief of Operations Office of Diversion Control
                                                National Policy & Emerging Trends
12:00pm               Lunch    Real Life Real Stories
1:00pm                 Jon Gonzalez, Legislative Researcher, Michigan Department of Community Health-Office of Legislative Affairs

                Chemistry of Synthetics & Legislative Perspective

1:15pm                 Dr. Robert Dunne, Vice Chief Emergency Medicine, St. John Providence Health Care System
                                                Front Line Treatment
1:45pm                 Paul Kennedy PhD, Director of Analytical Chemistry at Cayman Chemical
                                                Aspects related to Drug Testing
2:00pm                 Break
2:15                        Elizabeth Reader, CCS, CADC, ICADC, Program Director Milford Counseling
                             Therapeutic Treatment Perspectives
2:30pm                 Panel (Treatment/Coalitions/Resources/Legal/Community)- Moderated by:      
(Karen Bergbower, LMSW, CAADC, CPC-M, P.C.)
(Kaitlin Fink- LLMSW, Livingston County Catholic Charities,  Dr. Paul Kennedy - Cayman,  Dr. Bella Shah - Eastwood Clinics,  Joe Rannazzisi - DEA,  Felix Sharp – Director BSAAS/MDCH ,  Judge Jodi Debbrecht - 51st District Court,  Angie Wiloughby - ACCESS)
                                                PANEL: QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
3:30pm                 End


Community  Session
6:30pm                 Karen Bergbower, LMSW, CAADC, CPC-M, P.C. - Power Point
7:00pm                 Joe Rannazzisi, Drug Enforcement Administration, Deputy Assistant
Administrator/ Deputy Chief of Operations Office of Diversion Control
7:30pm                 Panel (Treatment/Coalitions/Resources/Legal/Community):
                                Moderator: (Karen Bergbower, LMSW, CAADC, CPC-M, P.C.)
(Kaitlin Fink, LLMSW, Livingston County Catholic Charities,  Dr. Paul Kennedy - Cayman,  Elizabeth Reader – Milford Counseling,  Joe Rannazzisi - DEA,  Felix Sharp – Director BSAAS/MDCH ,  Judge Jodi Debbrecht - 51st District Court,  Angie Wiloughby - ACCESS)

8:00pm                 Close
Presenters, please provide a Power Point 24 hours prior to event.  We would like to have all information loaded into a computer before the event to have a seamless presentation

Michigan Synthetic Summit 8/9 Will Be Hosted At Brighton Center For Recovery

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The Synthetic Summit is a collaboration of efforts including Brighton Center For Recovery (formerly Brighton Hospital), Catholic Charities, HSCB Substance Abuse Workgroups, Livingston Community Prevention Project, and Substance Free Future Foundation.  

The Synthetic Summit will take place on August 9, 2012 and will be hosted in the gymnasium at Brighton Center For Recovery, 12851 Grand River Road, Brighton.

Professionals Training Session: 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
(Registration: 8:30 a.m.)
Training will include speakers and presentations from the DEA, law enforcement, hospital staff and treatment/ prevention front line clinicians. Lunch will be provided, registration is required. The cost is $25 in advance / $35 at the door (scholarships available upon request). MCBAP credit hours are approved for this training. To register, visit www.syntheticsummit.org.

Community Session: 6:30-8 p.m.

Parents, students, key leaders and representatives of community groups, government, the judiciary, law enforcement, youth-serving agencies, school districts, higher education, the faith community, business, parent organizations, the medical community, and others concerned about synthetic drugs are welcome to attend the evening session. Refreshments will be served, no RSVP necessary, and free to attend.

Summit planned to discuss synthetic marijuana | Livingston Daily | livingstondaily.com

Summit planned to discuss synthetic marijuana | Livingston Daily | livingstondaily.com

The Brighton Center for Recovery, located at 12851 Grand River Ave. in Brighton, will host the Synthetic Summit on Aug. 9 to discuss the next step in community-wide fight against synthetic marijuana and other synthetic drugs.

The summit will consist of two sessions: A professional session from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for police officers, attorneys, counselors and others in related fields, with lunch provided; and a community session from 6:30-8 p.m.

The professional session will cost $25 if registered early or $35 at the door. The community session is free to the public and will provide information on new developments with the drug issue since the state banned them on July 1.

For more information, visit www.syntheticsummit.org.

The Michigan Synthetic Summit Will Be Hosted At Brighton Center For Recovery On 8/9/12


Spice and Bath Salts
Source: Substance Free Future Foundation
Synthetic drugs have been banned in Michigan since July 1, 2012, but it took me less than 5 seconds to Google the phrase ‘buy K2’ and find it readily available on the internet as of today. Within 15 seconds of my K2 internet search I was reading an article on the same website educating me on which blends of synthetic marijuana were legally available to purchase, listed state by state. We have decided not to endorse their website by listing its internet address. Law enforcement is diligently attempting to shut them down, and they have already closed multiple similar synthetic drug sites. 

I’m actually unsure if they should be called dealers because these guys aren’t selling it on street corners.  Their website contains over 50 pages and has a Google Page 5 ranking which usually would require the employment of search engine optimization professionals. They are also using professionally designed analytics to track page views, demographics, and content. The site offers ‘live chat’ with ‘online advisors’ and a toll free telephone help line which suggests they have  an internal call center or have outsourced the calls to a professional call center. The ‘text us questions’ short code they supply could carry a monthly invoice of $3000 to $10,000. It appears the web design cost for this particular site would most likely run somewhere in the area of $50,000 to design with a maintenance fee that would cost thousands of dollars every month. It’s also pretty obvious they have a high profile legal team. 

The point I’m trying to make is synthetic drugs are becoming a monster. The ban has made synthetic drugs illegal in Michigan and the people responsible for the effort behind that law should be commended.  Now it’s time to absolutely, positively, work together as a community and take the next steps to enforce the law and educate families and professionals about synthetic drugs. Bath salts and synthetic marijuana are illegal, but that doesn’t mean they are going to disappear anytime soon. 

The Synthetic Summit is a collaboration of efforts including Brighton Center For Recovery (formerly Brighton Hospital), Catholic Charities, HSCB Substance Abuse Workgroups, Livingston Community Prevention Project, and Substance Free Future Foundation.  

The Synthetic Summit will take place on August 9, 2012 and will be hosted in the gymnasium at Brighton Center For Recovery, 12851 Grand River Road, Brighton.

Professionals Training Session: 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
(Registration: 8:30 a.m.)
Training will include speakers and presentations from the DEA, law enforcement, hospital staff and treatment/ prevention front line clinicians. Lunch will be provided, registration is required. The cost is $25 in advance / $35 at the door (scholarships available upon request). MCBAP credit hours are approved for this training. To register, visit www.syntheticsummit.org.

Community Session: 6:30-8 p.m.

Parents, students, key leaders and representatives of community groups, government, the judiciary, law enforcement, youth-serving agencies, school districts, higher education, the faith community, business, parent organizations, the medical community, and others concerned about synthetic drugs are welcome to attend the evening session. Refreshments will be served, no RSVP necessary, and free to attend.


Jewish Cab Driver

Cab
A clearly inebriated woman, stark naked, jumped into a taxi in New York City. The cab driver, an old Jewish gentleman, opened his eyes wide and stared at the woman. He made no attempt to start the cab.

The woman glared back at him and said, "What's wrong with you, honey? — Haven't you ever seen a naked woman before?" The old Jewish driver answered, "Let me tell you sumsing, lady — I vasn't staring at you like you tink; det vould not be proper vair I come from."

The drunk woman giggled and responded, "Well, if you're not staring at my boobs, sweetie, what are you doing then?" He paused a moment, then told her... "Vell, ma'am, I am looking and I am looking, and I am tinking to myself, vair in da hell is dis lady keeping da money to pay for dis ride?"

Submitted by Jim K.

Mary Theresa Cahillane - 1955 - 2012 - Royal Oak, Michigan - Obituary

Source - Substance Free Future Foundation
Mary Theresa Cahillane
Mary Theresa Cahillane, 56, died early Wednesday morning, July 4, 2012 at her Royal Oak, Michigan home. She was born in Chicago, the daughter of Thomas and Margaret (McGinnis) Cahillane. Those close to her fondly called her Theresa.  Her final days were spent surrounded by family and friends that Theresa had touched in some small way throughout her very memorable life.

Theresa was uniquely musical. She started playing the guitar and button accordion at a very young age. As she grew older Theresa learned to play the banjo, flute, fiddle, mandolin, and the piano.  Theresa began her lifelong musical career playing guitar with the 'New Group' at Saint Nicholas of Tolentine Church on Chicago's southwest side with her dear friend Ray Menard.  Later in life she could often be heard playing Irish jigs and reels on the button accordion at her bar, 'Callahan's Pub' or at Gaelic Park Festivals in Chicago. Ms. Cahillane played at private events for years with her popular Irish band, 'The Moonshiners.'  Eventually, after she moved to Michigan, she created her musical retail business, 'Fiddles and Flutes' of Royal Oak.

Ms. Cahillane was a proud, active member of the 12-Step Community, and when she passed away she was just a few weeks shy of 25 years sobriety. Theresa helped countless others seeking to overcome their alcohol and drug addiction by sharing her experience, strength and hope.  Many are grateful for her wisdom, sponsorship, humor, and quick wit. A touching event this year was her final 12-step meeting when Theresa was too ill to travel, so her home group took the meeting to Theresa in her living room. She truly lived her life by the twelve-steps.

She leaves behind her loving brothers Greg and Thomas of Bloomfield Township; sister Margaret Blackwood of Sterling Heights; and brother Patrick and wife Pauline of Cloghan, Offaly, Ireland . She also leaves a niece Kerry and her husband Stephen Walker of Scottsdale, Arizona; niece Jessica Blackwood of Royal Oak; nieces and nephew Ashley, Stephen, and Kaitlin, of Cloghan, Offaly, Ireland; and great nephew Dylan Phipps of Royal Oak. She was predeceased by her mother Margaret, father Thomas, brother Stephen, sister in law Patricia and stepmother Rosemary.

Funeral services will be private. A memorial service will be held at Farina’s Banquet Center at 1 PM on July 28, 2012 at 2485 Coolidge Highway, Berkley, MI 48072.

Memorial gifts in Ms. Cahillanes' memory can be made to the National Catholic Council on Addictions, 1601 Joslyn Road, Lake Orion, MI 48360.