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Updated: Oct 4, 2018

Five health care and human resources professionals engaged in a conversation about what employers can do to help manage employee opioid addiction, including alternative methods to treat pain and suggestions for how to avoid addiction, at the GBC’s Best Practices for Employers Managing Opioid Abuse Forum on October 2, 2018.

Clay B. Stamp, Executive Director of the Maryland Opioid Operational Command Center and Senior Emergency Management Advisor to the Governor, moderated a panel discussion with Dr. George Apostolides, Chief of Colorectal Surgery, GBMC- Greater Baltimore Medical Center; Dr. Stephen Fisher, Medical Advisor to the CEO, Chesapeake Employers Insurance; Gaye Fortner, President & Chief Executive Officer, HC21; and Denise Galambos, Vice President of Human Resources, MyBGE.

The panel discussed the burden of opioid abuse on employers, best practices for employers in managing opioid abuse, the effectiveness of multi-modal pain management and opioid alternatives for post-surgical pain for reducing opioid abuse and the role of human resources departments and health insurance/workers compensation policies play in managing the abuse.

(SOURCE: Greater Baltimore Committee)

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