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Friday, November 2 • 8:00am - 9:00am
Drug-Seeking Patients: The Biology of Their Behavior and Why They Need Compassion

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Patients with substance use disorder and drug-seeking behaviors can be frustrating and make up a large percentage of an EMS clinician's total call volume, but how much is known about these patients? This lecture will discuss what happens inside the brain of these patients. What is the pathophysiology and neurobiology that makes up the disease of addiction? Is addiction even a disease at all? Why do they lie, cheat and steal? Are they "bad people?" What has been the trend in EMS concerning these patients? Finally, can we in EMS make a difference? Attendees are encouraged to bring their opinions and experiences to the lecture for an informative and frank talk about this special, but large, population of patients.

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Robert Brandt

President, Robby's Voice
Rob Brandt is the President of Robby's Voice, a community-based non-profit organization formed to help prevent and deal with drug addiction through actionable resources and tools for parents, students, schools and communities in the Cleveland, Ohio area. Brandt started the program... Read More →
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Steven Mountfort, BS, CCEMTP, NCEE

Education Coordinator, Florida Hospital EMS
Steven Mountfort, BS, CCEMTP, NCEE, has worked in EMS for 26 years and currently serves as the Education Coordinator for Florida Hospital EMS in Orlando, Florida. Steve oversees education for all EMTs, paramedics, and critical care transport nurses in the central Florida Hospital... Read More →

Friday November 2, 2018 8:00am - 9:00am CDT
Room 101AB