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    Welcome! We’re so glad you could join us today. Our event will start in about 10 minutes (around 12:30pm ET)

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    We’re about to begin. Thank you all for joining us today.

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    Our media collaborator today is The Boston Globe.

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    The poll found that nearly four in ten (39%) say they have known someone during the past five years who has abused prescription painkillers.

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    More than half (55%) of poll respondents believe the ease of buying prescription painkillers
    illegally is a major cause of the problem in their state.

    • Julia L Baumann

      It seems people self medicate. Endocrine problems can cause excruciating pain and are under treated.

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    This video clip if from a larger documentary called The Opiate Effect by Green River Pictures. The video is in the public domain and can be downloaded here:

    if you would like to watch the entire film.

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    Dr. Alford heads a program that trains physicians on safe prescribing practices called Scope of Pain. More info here: http://www.bumc.bu.edu/care/education-and-training-programs/scope-of-pain-safe-and-competent-opioid-prescribing-and-education/

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    We’re pleased to have Michael Botticelli with us today. He serves as Director of National Drug Control Policy.

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    More about his office here: https://www.whitehouse.gov/ondcp

  • Elizabeth Cooper

    Is the film shown at beginning of forum available to view? I was late signing on bc I was with a patient. Thanks

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      Thanks for joining us. We will post the full-length video on this site and on YouTube and iTunesU. Those postings should happen in about 48 hours.

      • Elizabeth Cooper

        thank you. this has been a great forum!
        Are there CEUs available?

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          Thank you for watching. The Forum does not offer CEUs, but we are glad you could join us.

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    Commissioner Bharel noted that Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has formed a working group to look into the opioid addiction crisis. More here: http://www.mass.gov/governor/press-office/press-releases/steps-to-combat-opioid-addiction-crisis-announced.html

  • Pam Ressler

    Please speak to the difference between addiction and dependance

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      Thank you. Great point.

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    We will be posting the full-length video on this page later this week. We’ll also post it on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLmRw3WVY-55l60aWkm3OVShVLb9iwyh9Y and on Harvard’s iTunesU site.

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    We’ll also make the audio from this event available as a download on this web page, as well as on iTunesU and on SoundCloud.

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    More about the Massachusetts Online Prescription Monitoring Program is here: http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/departments/dph/programs/hcq/drug-control/ma-online-prescription-monitoring-program/

  • Mary Beth Levin

    Could Director Botticelli speak to the role of syringe service programs as bridge to treatment for substance use disorder.

    • The Forum Moderator

      Thank you so much. This is a great question. I think the panelists are wrapping up. The hour has flown!

      • Mary Beth Levin

        Oh Dear!
        Perhaps given that Indiana and Kentucky have recently passed legislation enabling syringe service programs, and that Florida and Alabama are considering such legislation, in addition to Massachusetts’ extensive experience in this area, perhaps this can be the topic of a forum in the future.

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          What an excellent idea! Thanks for sharing it. It’s such an important topic!

          • Mary Beth Levin

            If you do decide to pursue this topic, I would suggest Tim Purrington from Tapestry Health. This Massachusetts-based program received federal funding during the brief period the ban had been lifted. Feel free to contact me offline for further suggestions.

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    We thank all of you who joined us today!

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    We also thank The Boston Globe for collaborating with us today — and our panelists for their comments.

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    Check back on this site later this week to watch the video on demand.

    • Ashley

      Is the video on demand supposed to be up and running? It’s not playing for me. Any tips and tricks would be appreciated 🙂

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        So sorry. The video is posted and should play if you hit the play button. Sometimes it helps to clear cache and refresh the page. If you continue to have trouble, please let us know and in the mean time you can also watch the video on YouTube at https://youtu.be/wQ9WXEjdzCQ Hope this is helpful.

  • Robert

    “In 2013, drug overdoses INVOLVING prescription pain medication killed 44 people on average every day in the United States” according to the CDC? Tobacco, on the other hand, leads to 480,000 deaths annually, according to the CDC. Excessive alcohol use leads to ~88,000 deaths annually, according to the same CDC. That is, alcohol and tobacco kill 1556 people every day! That is nearly 36 times as many deaths DUE to alcohol and tobacco than deaths INVOLVING prescription pain medication. And this is the most pressing public health crisis facing our nation? Incidentally, more than 2,500,000 people die in this country annually. Have we lost our sense of perspective, or are their hidden/unspoken agendas here?

    440,000 people die annually (1205 every day) due to preventable medical errors in hospitals. And opioids are our most pressing public health issue? Again, I ask, have we lost our sense of perspective, or are their hidden/unspoken agendas operating here?
    http://www.forbes.com/sites/leahbinder/2013/09/23/stunning-news-on-preventable-deaths-in-hospitals/

  • So Be careful take any pain relief medicine.