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Pain Management in the Workplace: Addressing the Opioid Epidemic

April 4, 2018 — Omni Park West Dallas
1590 Lyndon B Johnson Fwy, Dallas, TX 75234

Registration begins at 11:30 AM
Lunch service and opening remarks begin at 12:00 PM
Program begins at 12:15 PM

Every 16 minutes someone in the U.S. dies from an opioid overdose, indicates the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This epidemic is devastating lives and has become a national crisis. Due to a variety of factors – improper prescribing practices and dosages or misuse – anyone taking these powerful opioid medications can find themselves struggling with opioid dependence. Pain management in general is a major challenge for US employers. According to the 2015 Institute of Medicine (IOM) Report, pain related conditions affect 116 million adults in the US, resulting in $560-$635 billion in medical costs and lost productivity. Line of sight to these costs is not always easy as they are to disperse. Measuring the total impact of pain, to include the use/misuse of opioids, on an organization requires in-depth analysis.

Moderator:
Sue (Heineman) Sporrer, Pharm.D., BCPS, National Employer Medical Outcomes Specialist, Pfizer US Medical Affairs

Speaker:
Timothy L. Blevins, MBA, LCSW, Senior Vice-President, Behavioral Health with Optum

Employer Panelist TBA