Good Law | Bad Law #125- Are We Underreporting the Scope of the Opioid Crisis? w/ Dr. Victor Weedn

Aaron Freiwald, Managing Partner of Freiwald Law and host of the weekly podcast Good Law | Bad Law, is joined by George Washington University Professor and Forensic Pathologist, Dr. Victor Weedn, to discuss the ongoing opioid epidemic and the important role forensic pathologists play in battling the crisis.

A public health emergency, the opioid crisis continues to plague the nation. Aaron and Dr. Weedn talk about the epidemic and the specific challenges that intersect between science and law. Dr. Weedn explains how forensic pathologists are on the front line of the crisis, discussing how overwhelmed these doctors are and how important they are in helping to identify the real issues at the heart of the crisis.

Throughout the episode, Dr. Weeden, a renowned pathologist who worked on the OJ Simpson case, the identifying of Tsar Nicholas’ remains and other high-profile cases, describes that the “plethora” of designer drugs available is “enormous” and explains the role of forensic pathologists in identifying and combating these drugs. Dr. Weedn believes that every overdose should be diagnosed by a forensic pathologist and further contends that an autopsy and toxicology report should always be performed.

An incredibly important issue, Aaron and Dr. Weedn discuss this national crisis as well as what needs to happen in order to help stop the suffering. According to Dr. Weedn there is a new drug that comes on to the market every week or two. Despite the resources and the news coverage being devoted to stopping this epidemic it is important to continue to talk about and bring attention to.

A fascinating episode, we hope you enjoy. Do you think that autopsies should always be performed in drug overdose cases? What about toxicology reports?

Host: Aaron Freiwald
Guest: Victor Weedn