Palm Beach County Medical Society Services
Opioid Educational Seminars - for Clinicians of all Specialties
"When a Doctor Becomes Addicted"
➤ Bringing awareness to the medical community that anyone can be
adversely affected by the opioid epidemic, including physicians.
➤ Shedding light on the consequences of one’s addiction in
how it can affect every aspect of their life.
➤ Recognizing the tell-tale signs and symptoms of addiction in colleagues.
➤ Detailing the various means available to offer help to those suffering
from chemical dependency.
Richard Morgan is a D.O. who graduated from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1998 and completed his residency in PM & R at NYU Medical Center in 2002. A common dental procedure exposed Dr. Morgan to the world of opiates, which changed his life forever. A series of bad choices and unfortunate circumstances fueled by his addiction led Dr. Morgan to a federal indictment and, ultimately, a 14-year federal prison sentence. Dr. Morgan's remarkable story will show how this addiction evolved, the choice that led to incarceration, and the turnaround that had led him to become a full-time clinical instructor at his medical school where it all began. He now spends his time not only educating the future doctors of America, but Dr. Morgan continues to share his story with the student population, as well as clinicians everywhere, in the hope to not only continue to bring awareness to the the "original" pandemic that has plagued our nation for the past twenty years, but to educate other healthcare personnel on how to recognize the signs and symptoms of addiction, and the resources available to help them.
Dr. Brent Schillinger is a past president of the Palm Beach County Medical Society and currently chairs the society’s Opioid Healthcare Response Initiative. This task force has been operational since 2017 with an overarching goal of reducing opioid deaths in Palm Beach County.
Dr. Schillinger received his MD at Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn New York where he went on to complete a residency program in dermatology. He has chaired the Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs for both the Palm Beach County Medical Society and the Florida Medical Association. He represents the medical community on the Palm Beach Ethics Coalition.
Dr. Schillinger also serves as vice chair of the Florida Policy Institute a nonpartisan think tank that focuses on the fiscal impact of education, affordable housing, food supply, and health care issues. He holds clinical academic appointments at the medical schools of Nova Southeastern University, Florida Atlantic University, and the University of Miami.