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.
July has been a busy month for those keeping up with changes to health care law and policymaking. Here is an overview of some recent action by the administration and Congress.
Self-funding your health benefit plan can be rewarding for employers. Yet experts say common pitfalls still undermine too many employers’ best efforts.