In late 2017, Michigan passed a series of opioid laws in an effort to address the state’s opioid epidemic. Several unintended consequences emerged as the laws took effect, some of which could negatively impact patient care and access to legitimate pain medication. Moreover, the laws failed to adequately address barriers to treatment.
As part of the Michigan State Medical Society’s (MSMS) legislative priorities, MSMS will be working to address these barriers. This process began last year with MSMS’s successful Twitter chat on the opioid epidemic, which reached more than 250,000 separate Twitter accounts and gained more than 2 million impressions. The Twitter chat included 87 contributors, 659 retweets and a continued conversation that lasted several days.
Now MSMS is turning its focus on the next iteration of education: a Town Hall. MSMS’s Opioid Town Hall will bring together physicians and other interested stakeholders to discuss relevant issues and concerns related to the opioid and illicit drug crisis and related prescribing laws.
The Opioid Town Hall will be both an in-person as well as a livestreamed event. MSMS President Betty Chu, MD, MBA, will moderate a diverse panel of experts. The Opioid Town Hall will begin with a brief historical perspective regarding Michigan’s opioid epidemic, review case studies that will put in perspective the impact of the new laws on the epidemic and care delivery, and identify strategic goals and policy solutions to move forward.
*Statement of Accreditation: MSMS is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
*AMA Credit Designation: The Michigan State Medical Society designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.