National Council, Hazelden Betty Ford Host Congressional Briefing on Opioid Epidemic
On Tuesday, the National Council for Behavioral Health and Hazelden Betty Ford Institute for Recovery Advocacy co-sponsored a congressional staff briefing focusing on efforts to address the national opioid crisis through expanded and improved education for doctors and other prescribers. The briefing was hosted by the House and Senate Caucus on Prescription Drug Abuse.
Prescribers across the country are faced with the enormous challenge of treating pain, while also preventing opioid addiction and overdose. Still, data show wide variability in physicians’ prescribing practices across the country, with many prescribers disagreeing on when to use prescription painkillers, how much to prescribe, when or how to utilize non-medication alternatives, how best to identify addiction, and how to intervene when addiction is present.
Featured speakers included:
- Mary Bono, former U.S. Representative (moderator)
- Michael Botticelli, Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy
- Mackenzie Phillips, actress and person in long-term recovery from an opioid use disorder
- Mehmet Oz, host of The Oz Show
- John Tilley, Kentucky House of Representatives
- Jeannie Sperry, Adult Pain Rehabilitation Clinical Director, Mayo Clinic
- Dr. Marvin Seppala, Chief Medical Officer, Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation