DEA Official to Deliver Hartman Lecture Feb. 17

OXFORD, Miss. –
Joseph Rannazzisi, deputy assistant administrator for the Office of
Diversion Control at the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, delivers
the 2009 Charles W. Hartman Memorial Lecture Feb. 17 at the University
of Mississippi.

Rannazzisi’s address “Pharmaceutical Abuse, the
Internet, and Diversion of Controlled Substances” is set for 11 a.m. in
Fulton Chapel. The lecture, sponsored by the School of Pharmacy, is
free and open to the public.

“We are delighted to have Joseph
Rannazzisi serve as our 32nd Hartman Lecturer,” said Barbara G. Wells,
pharmacy dean. “Pharmaceutical abuse and the diversion of controlled
substances are topics that negatively affect the health of our citizens
and our economy. Mr. Rannazzisi has a unique understanding of these
issues, and we are looking forward to him sharing his insights with our
students and faculty.”

Rannazzisi is responsible for overseeing and coordinating major diversion investigations, the drafting and promulgating of regulations, establishing drug production quotas and conducting liaison with the pharmaceutical industry, international governments, state governments, other federal agencies, and with local law enforcement agencies. He began his career with the DEA in 1986 and was appointed to his current post in January 2006.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from Butler University and a juris doctorate from the Detroit College of Law at Michigan State University. He is a registered pharmacist in the State of Indiana and a member of the Michigan State Bar Association.

The Hartman Lecture was established at UM in 1973 to honor the late Charles W. Hartman, who was dean of the pharmacy school from 1961 until his death in 1970. Former lecturers include U.S. Attorney General Edwin Meese, Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration Mark McClellan, U.S. Senators Thad Cochran and Trent Lott, and Leo Sternbach, who synthesized Valium and Librium.

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