Sessions Information

  • January 5, 2020
    8:30 am - 10:15 am
    Session Type: Section Programs
    Session Capacity: N/A
    Hotel: Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel
    Room: Maryland B
    Floor: Lobby Level
    This panel will discuss the key evidentiary issues associated with the opioid crisis. The CDC estimates that over 130 people die each day from opioid-related drug overdoses. The ripple effects can be felt in the uptick of criminal and civil cases related to this epidemic. As the opioid crisis makes its way into courts, evidence scholars and practitioners must consider the problems of proof that arise in this context, including the use of character evidence and prior bad acts, the use of causation, and the use of experts. Medical experts, in particular, create a unique dilemma. Pharmaceutical companies in the 1990s assured the medical community that opioid pain relievers were not addictive. Therefore, medical experts are caught in between. Health law and evidence scholars will engage with practitioners and offer legal and policy reforms that can begin to address the impact of the opioid epidemic on the legal system. 
    Papers from this program will be published in The Journal of Health Law and Policy.
Session Speakers
University of Baltimore School of Law

Northeastern University School of Law

University of Utah, S. J. Quinney College of Law

Seton Hall University School of Law

United States District Court for the District of Maryland

Session Fees
  • [6110] Evidence, Co-Sponsored by Law, Medicine and Health Care - The Opioid Epidemic and its Evidentiary Challenges: $0.00