Pinnacle 2017 Session: How EMS Can Fight the Opioid Overdose Crisis
What a great session at the Pinnacle 2017 conference. For those of you that were unable to attend, you can find the information regarding the conference below, as well as resources shared during the presentation.
Presenters: Todd Stout, FirstWatch, Rob Lawrence, Richmond Ambulance Authority, Jon Kelly, Trinity EMS, Jamie Pianka, ProEMS and Dave Lewis, St. Charles County Ambulance District
Opioid overdoses are now clearly one of the biggest public health threats facing this country, leading to more than 33,000 deaths in 2015 according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. EMS has a role to play beyond responding and administering naloxone. Whether it’s providing links to addiction treatments or sharing valuable EMS data with public health partners, agencies across the country are finding innovative ways to help address the problem and stop overdoses before they occur.
In this roundtable discussion, leaders of EMS systems taking proactive approaches to addressing the opioid crisis, including the Richmond (Va.) Ambulance Authority, ProEMS in Cambridge, Mass., Trinity EMS in Mass., and SCCAD, MO will share their successes and challenges. Members of the audience will be invited to tell their communities’ stories as well in an open and honest conversation of the role of EMS in halting the rise in overdose deaths.
* This matrix will be updated with information from audience members post Pinnacle and continue to be updated as others share their best practices with our team. This matrix was last updated Aug 9, 2017