Transforming Health Care Through Evidence and Collaboration
Transforming Health Care Through Evidence and Collaboration


The final part in our four-part Defying Despair series, this webinar discussed ongoing efforts to increase access to evidence-based treatment for opioid use disorder and guide people on a path to recovery.


The Opioid Crisis: Understanding Pain and Preventing Opioid Misuse

February 13, 2018 | 08:00 AM
09:30 AM ET

OpioidsRegistrants021318Upwards of 2 million Americans misused prescription opioids for the first time in 2016. The misuse of these powerful painkillers can have devastating consequences—nearly half of opioid-related deaths involve legally obtained prescription medications.* With such stark consequences, how can we help patients manage pain while minimizing the danger of opioid misuse? This webinar will got the heart of the prevention question, exploring efforts across the health system to stop opioid abuse before it starts.

Speakers discussed:

  • Efforts to standardize the use of opioids to treat chronic pain based on CDC guidelines, and the use of insurance data to identify non-standard treatment patterns for targeted outreach
  • Partnerships to collect data and share best practices for reducing opioid use in the area with greatest potential for misuse—acute care prescribing after surgery, dentistry, emergency care or trauma
  • The latest on alternative pain management, including virtual reality, and ideas for closing the evidence gap on alternative treatments and the science of addiction
  • Education for consumers on securing and safely disposing of prescription medications

*As of 2016. The CDC has since reported that prescription drugs were involved in more than 35% of all opioid overdose deaths in 2017


Christina Mikosz, MD, MPH
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Tom Leyden, MBA
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
Michael Englesbe, MD
University of Michigan
Kristina Clark
Count It! Lock It! Drop It!
Andrea Knight, PharmD
BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee
David Thomas, PhD
National Institute on Drug Abuse

Presentation Slides

"The Opioid Overdose Epidemic in the United States: CDC Response," Christina Mikosz, MD, MPH, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
"Michigan Opioid Prevention Efforts," Tom Leyden, MBA, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan & Michael Englesbe, MD, University of Michigan
"Navigating the Opioid Crisis in Tennessee - A Health Plan Perspective," Andrea Knight, PharmD, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee
"A Strategic Community Approach for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention," Kristina Clark, Count It! Lock It! Drop It!
"Combating the Opioid Overdose Epidemic and Exploring Alternative Pain Treatment Options," David Thomas, PhD, National Institute on Drug Abuse