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Understanding K2 and Bath Salts Webinar

They are not as innocent as they seem. Professionally packaged and found in stores or on the Internet, K2 and bath salts have grabbed headlines due to the unpredictable, dangerous behaviors and fatalities resulting from use of these illegal synthetic drugs.

What You Will Learn

  • Increase your understanding of what synthetic drugs are and how manufacturers continue to elude federal and state bans with new formulas containing slightly different chemical compounds that are not yet banned.
  • Learn the signs and symptoms of K2 and bath salts use and the potential long-term effects of abuse.
  • Hear what Gateway Foundation has seen in treatment concerning individuals who have abused K2 or bath salts.
  • Find out how the federal and state lawmakers are responding to these addictive and deadly drugs.

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Meet the Trainer

Brittany Ottino Psy.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist & Program Director

Gateway Foundation Springfield

Brittany Ottino, Psy.D., has been dedicated to treating substance abuse for 12 years. In her current position as Clinical Psychologist and Program Director at Gateway Foundation Springfield, Dr. Ottino oversees clinical services and psychiatric referrals for the 102-bed residential treatment center and develops and implements new training programs for clinicians. She has extensive experience with complex clinical cases for both adolescents and adults, including administering evidence-based treatment for individuals with co-occurring disorders and those who have abused synthetic drugs, K2 and bath salts. Dr. Ottino is a graduate of the Illinois School of Professional Psychology and completed a doctoral training rotation at the Great Lakes Naval Hospital, now part of the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center.

Guest Speakers

Michael J. Hood
Deputy Attorney General for Criminal Justice

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's Office

Mr. Hood currently serves as the Deputy Attorney General for Criminal Justice in the Office of the Illinois Attorney General. As Deputy Attorney General, he leads the Attorney General's Criminal Enforcement, Investigations and Crime Victims Services Divisions in the coordination of the Office's crime-fighting activities with state, county and local authorities. Previously Mr. Hood served as an Assistant State's Attorney for the Cook County State's Attorney's office in Chicago. He served as the Supervisor of the 2nd Municipal District, the Deputy Supervisor of the Traffic Division, as an Assistant in the Cold Case Homicide Unit and in the Felony Trial Division. Mr. Hood's previous teaching and lecture experience include the National District Attorneys Association, The National Conference of State Legislatures, The Illinois State Bar Association, The Chicago Bar Association and the Defense Institute of International Legal Studies. Mr. Hood served on active duty through the rank of Major in the United States Marine Corps. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois and the DePaul College of Law.

Cara Smith
Deputy Chief of Staff
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's Office

Cara Smith joined the office of the Attorney General in 1992. She currently serves as Deputy Chief of Staff to Attorney General Lisa Madigan. In her position Ms. Smith focuses on a wide range of issues to include many criminal justice related matters. She has drafted, negotiated and provided extensive testimony before committees of the Illinois General Assembly on significant legislation in the areas of synthetic drugs, sex offenders and registration, sexual assault, orders of protection, stalking, child pornography, and methamphetamine. Ms. Smith has spoken nationally and on the statewide level on these issues as well as conducted extensive statewide training to the criminal justice community. Previously Ms. Smith served as Chief of Staff and legal counsel to the Illinois Department of Corrections. She is a graduate of the Loyola University School of Law in Chicago, Illinois.

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