Saint Louis University

Our Self-Medicating Culture


The Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Law

cordially invites you to attend 

Our Self-Medicating Culture

Friday, April 5, 2013
9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 
William H. Kniep Courtroom

Self-medication has become an increasingly common phenomenon in American
culture. Stresses stemming from work, school and family, along with other
social factors, lead some to seek release through legal and illicit drugs.
Otherwise law abiding members of society may abuse prescription drugs or turn
to less mainstream controlled substances. Physical pain, sleeplessness,
depression, or a desire to enhance performance are common reasons why
Americans overindulge in alcohol, use marijuana recreationally, or resort to
drugs such as methamphetamine. The second annual CISL symposium will provide
a forum for leading scholars to discuss the sociological and cultural factors
that contribute to a trend of self-medication. The symposium will also
provide an opportunity for discussion of how our legal and social systems
have addressed the potentially dangerous aspects of the self-medication

Schedule | Speakers | Register

4.2 Missouri CLE credits will be available


  For questions, please contact Laura Bresnahan, CISL Program Coordinator, at or (314) 977-5198.