2019 District Meetings - November 2019
We had a great time visiting with our North Georgia Colleagues
and hope to see you during our South Georgia Meetings.
Join Emmett R. Highland, Diversion Outreach Coordinator for the Drug Enforcement Administration,
for timely and pertinent information regarding the Opioid Epidemic. This program will address prescription drug diversion,
heroin and fentanyl abuse, and safety considerations as they relate to funeral service.
Attendees will also receive updates from our Marketing Alliance Partners, Choice Colleagues,
Sponsors and GFDA’s Executive Committee.
Remember, these are local / evening meetings and are convenient for everyone from your funeral home to attend.
We also encourage you to invite fellow funeral service professionals in your area to join you.
Event check-in will open at 6:00 PM with our social / Dinner will begin 6:30 PM.
$50 per person
Pre-registration has closed. Please bring a fully completed copy of the registration form with you to onsite check-in.
Continuing Education Hours have been approved by the GA, AL, NC, SC, and TN Funeral Service Boards.
Please review the 'Continuing Education - Important Reminders for Attendees' below.
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Emmett R. Highland
Diversion Outreach Coordinator
Drug Enforcement Administration/Atlanta Field Division
Emmett Highland graduated from Georgia Southern University in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science degree. Upon graduation, Mr. Highland pursued his career goal to serve in drug law enforcement by joining the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, and he worked for the GBI for approximately 2 years in the Narcotics Division and performed numerous undercover operations.
In 1987, Mr. Highland accepted a Special Agent position with the Drug Enforcement Administration, and he was assigned to the DEA office in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Soon after reporting to Baton Rouge, Mr. Highland was appointed as the DEA representative on the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force, Lafayette Division. While assigned to this position, Mr. Highland conducted numerous complex drug investigations, and he is a certified expert witness concerning drug investigations in the Western District of Louisiana.
Mr. Highland was transferred to the Philadelphia Field Division in 1996 and promoted to Supervisory Special Agent in 1998. As a Supervisory Special Agent in Philadelphia, Mr. Highland directed operations in the Philadelphia area related to Operation Impunity, a two year national investigation which resulted in the arrest of 93 defendants associated with the Amado Carrillo-Fuentes drug trafficking organization and the seizure of over 1,300 kilograms of cocaine in Philadelphia.
In January 2002, Mr. Highland was reassigned to DEA headquarters in Washington, DC as a Staff Coordinator in the Office of Congressional Affairs. In April 2004, he was reassigned as the Resident Agent in Charge of the DEA office in Wilmington, North Carolina. In September 2007, Mr. Highland was transferred to the Canberra, Australia Country Office as the Country Attaché. In 2010, he was reassigned to the Atlanta Field Division Office. In his most recent enforcement position, Mr. Highland managed the Atlanta Division Office Tactical Diversion Squad which targets organizations and health care professionals involved in the diversion of prescription drugs and related controlled substances.
Mr. Highland retired 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.
This 2 hour program will provide timely and pertinent information regarding the Opioid Epidemic and will address prescription drug diversion, heroin and fentanyl abuse and safety considerations as they relate to funeral service.
The listed learning objectives are:
• The types of medical providers and drug trafficking groups involved in pharmaceutical diversion and trafficking
• Relevant Georgia and federal statutes related to drug diversion and prescription forgery
• Discuss prescription drug and opioid investigations conducted by DEA in Georgia
• Discuss fentanyl and safety considerations
The objective is for the audience to have a clear understanding of the opioid epidemic. The presentation will cover specific details on how pill mills function, opioid addiction, DEA oversite and regulation of registrants, local and national overdose statistics, discussion of DEA cases targeting health care professionals heroin abuse and trafficking and the fentanyl threat. In the Fentanyl portion of the presentation, we discuss what fentanyl is, where it comes from, the types of fentanyl abused, why it's being marketed by drug trafficking organizations, specific cases in the Georgia area, signs of use and overdose and safety considerations to prevent exposure to fentanyl. It will also show videos of undercover operations and pill mills so the audience can see for themselves how these organizations function and the complexity of the issue.
GFDA Advocacy - January 2020
Meet with your State Legislators and discuss the 2020 Legislative Session.
More information will be available soon!
GFDA 2020 Annual Convention - June 7-10, 2020
The King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort in St. Simons Island, GA
Our room block is open and reservations made be made HERE or by calling 800-342-0212.
More information regarding our agenda will be available soon!