Law and the Opioid Crisis (20230). 2 units. This course will examine the opioid crisis from as many different angles as possible, including the role that health law, physician practices, criminal law, the war on drugs, and mental health law have played in creating the crisis. It also will explore social justice issues relating to the crisis, as well as more specific topics, including impact on special populations. Topics will be responsive to the interests of the students in the course, and students are welcome to suggest additional areas of focus. Students will be responsible for leading one session of the course, including collecting course materials for that session and, after a break in the course, to allow for writing, submitting either a short article, policy paper or proposed legislation and, as relevant, contributing to special legal/medical journal dedicated to the topics of the course. Supervised Analytic Writing and Substantial Paper credit available. Paper required. Enrollment limited. Permission of the instructors required. A. Gluck, I. Ayres, and K. Stith.
Note: This course will have one e-meeting the week before classes start, in which students will be asked to commit to the course and each student will be given ownership over one class topic so that he/she can work with a designated faculty member in assembling course materials for that part of the course. No prior familiarity with the subject is required. Newcomers welcome.
Course Bidding: In addition to listing this course among permission-of-instructor selections, students should submit a CV and a short (no more than two paragraphs) statement of interest by June 22 at 4:30 p.m. If you are interested in any particular aspect of the opioid crisis, whether health, criminal law, social justice, or anything else, please note it in your statement. No previous experience or knowledge is required.