Ending the Opioid Epidemic: Leading-Edge Responses and Next Steps

 

By Jessica Altman, Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner | Joel Ario, Managing Director, Manatt Health | Patrice Harris, MD, President-Elect, AMA | Susan Kansagra, MD, Section Chief, Chronic Disease and Injury, North Carolina Division of Public Health

Between 1999 and 2017, more than 700,000 people died from a drug overdose—with almost 400,000 of those deaths involving an opioid. In 2017 alone, there were more than 70,200 drug overdoses, with about 68% involving illicit fentanyl, heroin or a prescription opioid. On average, 130 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose.*

With the number of opioid deaths six times higher in 2017 than in 1999, the opioid epidemic is continuing its rampage across the country. What can be done to solve the epidemic? What steps have states taken that are showing meaningful progress? What needs to come next? To uncover the answers, Manatt Health and the American Medical Association (AMA) performed an in-depth analysis of how four hard-hit states—Pennsylvania, Colorado, Mississippi and North Carolina—are addressing the epidemic. In a new webinar, we share our findings with you. Click here to watch free, on demand. Key topics include:

  • Analyzing states’ responses to the opioid epidemic in three key areas—substance use disorder treatment, pain management and harm reduction
  • Examining best practices for fighting the epidemic—and opportunities to build on successes—with a focus on state insurance departments and Medicaid programs
  • Putting into action critical tools for battling the epidemic—including medication-assisted treatment (MAT), insurance parity law enforcement, naloxone access and multimodal pain care
  • Identifying initiatives that are making an impact
  • Creating a road map stakeholders can follow to find an effective path forward

Even if you can’t make the program on March 27, click here to watch free, on demand. With the epidemic’s emotional toll and the death rate climbing, this is a program you can’t afford to miss!

*Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Understanding the Epidemic.”

Presenters
Jessica Altman, Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner
Joel Ario, Managing Director, Manatt Health
Patrice Harris, MD, President-Elect, AMA
Susan Kansagra, MD, Section Chief, Chronic Disease and Injury, North Carolina Division of Public Health

Date
Wednesday, March 27, 2019