TOPIC: The Opioid Epidemic, an American Crisis
Emmett R. Highland
Diversion Outreach Coordinator
Drug Enforcement Administration
Atlanta Field Division
I recently sat in an emergency room waiting area with an ailing loved one. I was surprised to see the waiting area clogged with so many patients acting erratically. It seemed as if they were waiting for their next fix. This got me to thinking about drugs and how they impact not only our healthcare providers, but also our workplaces and our families. What changes should you and I expect to see in an employee struggling with addiction? How can we protect our loved ones? Ourselves? Like me, you may ask yourself these same kinds of questions. The opioid epidemic refers to the growing struggle with addiction of opioid painkillers, as well as illegal opioid drugs such as heroin. – Dodie Cason
Join us for the May Small Business Booster Luncheon where Supervisory Special Agent Emmett Highland U. S. DEA (Retired) will share his expertise and experience on the Opioid Crisis.
Emmett Highland graduated from Georgia Southern University in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science degree. Upon graduation, he pursued his career goal to serve in drug law enforcement by joining the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. He worked for the GBI for approximately 2+ years in the Narcotics Division and performed numerous undercover operations.
In 1987, Emmett accepted a Special Agent position with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). In 1998, Emmett was promoted to Supervisory Special Agent. During his career with DEA, Emmett was assigned to offices in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Washington, DC; Wilmington, North Carolina; Canberra, Australia; and Atlanta, Georgia. Emmett is a certified expert witness concerning drug investigations in the Western District of Louisiana. Emmett retired from DEA in November 2017 and accepted his current position with MVM, Inc. as the DEA Atlanta Diversion Outreach Coordinator. He is married and has two children.
The discounted cost for this catered lunch for those who register and pay online is $12 for Chamber members and $20 for non-members. An additional charge of $3 will be applied for those who pay at the door. To cover catering costs, no-shows will be expected to make payment.
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