Last years Medical Opioid Symposium focused on the face of addiction and the practice of responsible opioid prescribing. The Second Annual Medical Opioid Symposium will focus on rehabilitation, recovery, and what that looks like for our community.
The keynote speaker will be Dr. Stephen Loyd. Dr. Loyd is the Medical Director at Journey Pure at the River in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. He is also an Associate Professor of the Department of Medicine James H. Quillen College of Medicine, East Tennessee State University. Dr. Loyd serves as an Expert Witness to many federal and state agencies. From May 2017-February 2018, he was the Assistant Commissioner for Substance Abuse Services in the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse– the State of Tennessee’s “drug czar.” A charismatic speaker, Dr. Loyd has a lot to say about stigma and shame, and the need for prevention and treatment. He is a hero to many, and as a former patient stated recently at an event in Johnson City, Tennessee, “Dr. Steve save my life and the lives of so many others.” Using the Bible as inspiration, in particular, the phrase “70 X 7,” Dr. Lloyd has been able to move to a rural community to open a treatment center, despite not-in-my-backyard concerns. He has served on many academic boards and committees and is a distinguished recipient of many honors and awards, but Dr. Loyd is most proud of his 14 years of recovery for opioid-use disorder.
The event will be catered by The Island House.