The Opioid Crisis
A Governors Roundtable

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THE OPIOID CRISIS: A Governors Roundtable
Presented jointly with PRI’s The World & WGBH News
Friday, May 5, 2017

Opioid overdoses claim the lives of 91 Americans every day, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In this Forum event, four former governors offered candid insights into how government policy can help, exploring what works and what doesn’t. They spoke about experiences within their own states, as well the broader national epidemic. Topics included prescription drug monitoring programs; treatment vouchers; naloxone use; and crackdowns on illegal supply streams. The governors also discussed the goals of the 21st Century Cures Act to fight the epidemic and the role of the Trump Administration’s opioid task force.

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Presented jointly with PRI’s The World & WGBH News

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  • Very interesting for Marco Werman, host of PRI’s The World, produced at ‘GBH. Twice a day, weekdays & weeknights, 3 and 8 pm EST on 89.7 WGBH. Check your local NPR listings.

  • The Forum Moderator

    Welcome everyone! We are so glad that you can join us today.

  • The Forum Moderator

    This event is presented jointly with PRI’s The World & WGBH News

  • The Forum Moderator

    We will be having a Q&A with our panelists. Post your questions here or email them to theforum@hsph.harvard.edu

  • The Forum Moderator

    We also wanted to thank FRONTLINE for allowing us to show a clip from their documentary, Chasing Heroin: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/film/chasing-heroin/.

  • Kitae Chang

    Absolutely true there isn’t a lot we understand addiction. So, it is imperative that we not adopt policies (i.e. state-level opioid prescription limits) that will affect how physicians deliver care – especially, pain management! We need to conduct more prospective studies!

  • The Forum Moderator

    We also are very appreciative that Max Baker’s family, as well as WGBH News, allowed us to share part of Max’s story. You can here the full audio report here: http://news.wgbh.org/2017/02/28/news/recovering-addict-treating-pain-can-prove-deadly

  • Kitae Chang

    Governor Nixon, where is the data for this? There is scant evidence that says forcing treatment on to patients results in long-term abstinence. There is data that shows what happens when patients suffering from addiction are offered a breadth of options: BOTH (1) treatment (2) harm reduction. Look to Boston and Seattle for “harm reduction” options! This sort of behavior is also seen with obesity.

    • Timothy Sullivan

      Kitae, can you share some of the breadth of options data?

  • The Forum Moderator

    We will wrap up in about 10 minutes but will continue to have a Q&A for a few more minutes.

  • The Forum Moderator

    We are wrapping up. Join us again on May 11, 12:30-1:30pm ET, when we will discuss; Supplements and Health: Sorting the Facts.

  • Tara DeSisto

    Hospital reimbursement is based on patient satisfaction scores, patients who don’t get opioid pain medications are more likely to rate lower and therefore doctor reimbursement is lower. Doctors want to give patients what they want so their scores stay higher. Can we fix that? It’s a huge problem, especially in the ER.

  • The Forum Moderator

    Thank you again for joining us today.

  • Timothy Sullivan

    I was able to catch most of this presentation…I didn’t catch the end. Were there suggestions as to how technology innovations and an emphasis on ways to expand mental health efforts? The focus seemed to concentrate on drug treatments rather than prevention programs.