The University of Memphis Law Review invites submissions for its annual symposium, on the the subject of The American Addiction: Pathways to Address the Opioid Crisis, to be held in March 2018.
Opioid abuse and addiction are increasingly and relentlessly ravaging the American public. We believe efforts to mitigate the devastating effects of this unprecedented public health crisis would benefit from a “pathways approach” that recognizes that the epidemic derives from separate, dueling sources—legal and illegal. No matter the source, both pathways converge on the individual and often cost the ultimate price for too many—their lives. Each pathway offers opportunities to innovate and intervene where opioids raise legal issues, like the pharmaceutical drug manufacturing and criminal enforcement contexts. By examining each event of opioid exposure along each pathway, and leveraging the law to address them, we may yet prevent further escalation of the opioid epidemic.
Accepted papers will be published in the Law Review’s Spring/Summer 2018 issue. Completed manuscripts should be sent to memphislawarticles[at]gmail.com by January 19, 2018; if interested in having the Law Review make a publication decision before then, abstracts may be submitted by November 17, 2017. Please see a list of suggested topics (with those of particular interest marked with an asterisk) here.
If you have any questions, please contact Rachel Barenie, the Symposium Editor, at rbarenie[at]memphis.edu.