Two medical doctors, a pharmaceutical researcher and a pharmacist were among the speakers invited to share their insights at The Alliance’s Opioid Epidemic Summit, held at the Monona Terrace in Madison, Wis.
“How do you talk to someone who is an addict? Use honesty. Don’t overcomplicate this.” Those were the words of advice from Robert Poznanovich, vice president at Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. Poznanovich was one of several speakers at The Alliance’s Opioid Epidemic event. The speakers offered strategies for employers to reduce stigma and address opioid addiction in the workplace.
A panel at The Alliance’s Opioid Epidemic Summit on “Alternative Pain Relief” focused on studies that show other types of treatment can manage pain for many patients while reducing or removing the risk of lifelong addiction. These treatments include a non-opioid medication, chiropractic care and physical therapy.
It’s time to stop focusing on blame and start looking at solutions to make a difference in the lives of opioid users in your workplace. That was the message from former Judge Jodi Debbrecht Switalski, a lawyer who specializes in medical malpractice and business liabilities related to substance use and abuse. Switalski spoke at The Alliance’s Opioid Epidemic Summit on July 24 at Monona Terrace.
Discovering true enjoyment in something is incredibly powerful. When we are motivated to do what we enjoy and create strategies so that it can happen, we are at work transitioning from willing ourselves to do something (willpower) to wanting to do it and not worrying what anyone thinks (real power).
Summer 2018 brings the conclusion of the state legislative process in both Wisconsin and Illinois. This is a good time to recap the major discussions and developments in health policy that Michael Best Strategies has been following for The Alliance.