Community panel will be held to discuss opioid use

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MARQUETTE, MI – “Prescribing Practices – The Cost of Addiction” is a free event open to anyone who wants to learn more about the opiate epidemic in our area. “Prescribing Practices” will focus on how and why physicians prescribe opioids, the pharmacist’s approach to opioids, and how the community can help the opioid epidemic. “Prescribing Practices” will be aimed toward those in medical professions, but the community is welcome to attend. This third part in the five part Cost of Addiction series will take place Wednesday, March 15th, 2017 from 6pm-8pm at Marquette General Hospital in the 3rd floor conference room.

The evening will begin with a time to meet and greet with the panelist, representatives from concerned organizations, and fellow community members. Dr. Michael Grossman will discuss proper prescribing practices for physicians and have an open dialogue. Alicia Thatcher, PharmD RPh will discuss her observations as a pharmacist and how a pharmacist interacts with opioids in our area. Following the presentations, the panelists will be available for a question and answer session with the community.

“The supply of prescription opioids remains high in the U.S. An estimated 1 out of 5 patients with non-cancer pain or pain-related diagnoses are prescribed opioids in office-based settings,” according to the Centers for Disease Control. “From 2007 – 2012, the rate of opioid prescribing has steadily increased among specialists more likely to manage acute and chronic pain. Prescribing rates are highest among pain medicine (49%), surgery (37%), and physical medicine/rehabilitation (36%). However, primary care providers account for about half of opioid pain relievers dispensed.”

“Many people who end up struggling with opioid addiction began as patients being treated for pain,” says Alicia Thatcher, PharmD RPh. “The medical community, in an effort to be better at managing pain, ended up contributing to the epidemic of addiction that we are dealing with today. Part of the focus in our community must be on correcting some of the prescribing issues that brought us here.”

This event is brought to you by: Campus Pharmacy, Great Lakes Recovery Centers, Inc, the Marquette-Alger RESA, the Marquette Alternative High School, the Marquette County Health Department, the Marquette County Substance Abuse Coalition (MC2), NorthCare Network, Pathways Community Mental Health and Susanne Wicklund.

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