Cameron University alumnus Fritz Diehm to speak on America’s opioid crisis

In conjunction with Cameron University‘s current academic festival “American Identities in the 21st Century”, the Department of Chemistry, Physics and Engineering will host two presentations by Fritz Diehm, Supervisory Special Agent, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Dallas Field Division, on Tuesday, March 6. Diehm will discuss the steps the DEA is taking to combat the opioid epidemic. Both sessions are open to the public at no charge.

At 3:30 p.m., Diehm will present “The Forensics of Drugs,” which will  focus on drug chemistry. He will also address job opportunities for students within the DEA. This presentation takes place in the Goodyear Auditorium, Room 100, Sciences Complex.

At 6:30 p.m., Diehm’s topic will be “An American Crisis: The Opioid Epidemic.”   This presentation, which takes place in the McCasland Ballroom, will focus on heroin, fentanyl, and fentanyl-related compounds and how they have become responsible for an increasing number of overdoses in the U.S. in what has been called the most perilous drug crisis ever. In the United States, overdose deaths have quadrupled since 1999. Pharmaceutical pain relief is an essential clinical tool, but with physicians writing some 240 million opioid prescriptions to Americans every year, the potential for addiction is enormous. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, more than 90 Americans die every day after overdosing on opioids.  Opioids are a class of drugs that include the illegal drug heroin, synthetic opioids such as fentanyl and pain relievers available legally by prescription such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine and many others

A Lawton native, Diehm earned a B.S. in Chemistry from CU 1993 and is presently pursuing a Master of Science in Criminal Justice at the University of Oklahoma. He has more than 24 years of experience in forensic science and drug enforcement. He is currently responsible for the supervision of Enforcement Group 2, consisting of a group of 10 special agents and task force officers who investigate and enforce violations of U.S. Title 21. He also supervises the Dallas Field Division Clandestine Laboratory Program and coordinates Level A/Level B clan lab response and enforcement activity within the division.



March 2, 2018