Since 2013, opioid use in America has been on the rise with no signs of slowing down. The CDC reports opioid involvement in 47,600 deaths in 2017, six times higher than those just 20 years ago. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, 115 people die from an opioid overdose every day in the United States.
In 2016, there were 217 workplace overdose deaths from non-medical use of drugs and alcohol, an increase of nearly 40% in just 3 years. Workplaces that serve the public may also face situations where visitors overdose while on premise.
What can employers do to protect their employees and their organizations? How can leaders prepare for dealing with opioid-related situations and emergencies? We’ve assembled a panel of experts to discuss the opioid epidemic, its impact on employees, and steps you can take when facing these issues.
Join the discussion and explore:
· Who opioid users actually are, how they became users, and what downstream affects the crisis has on society
· The connection of opioid use in the workplace to workplace productivity and employee engagement
· Proactive measures employers can take in hiring
· Options once an opioid user has been identified
Our panel of speakers:
Jenny Love, MD, Health Management Director
Dr. Jenny Love is the Health Management Director, Southeast Region, of Gallagher Insurance. She draws from her clinical knowledge and experience in physician leadership, population health, primary care and integrative healthcare systems to work with company teams and clients to provide health management consultation and innovative solutions to control health care costs.
Dr. Love is a board-certified family physician with over 16 years of experience in public, behavioral, and community health settings. A graduate of the UNC School of Medicine, she also earned a master’s degree in Public Health with a focus on Healthcare and Prevention. She has over 10 years of experience in health policy development including utilization of evidence-based guidelines for care, pharmacy formulary development, and integration of behavioral and physical health services, including substance abuse and recovery settings.
Jackie Peele, RN, BSN, CCM, Clinical Consultant
Jackie Peele is a clinical consultant with Marsh & McLennan Agency’s Planning & Analytics for Total Health (PATH) program. She joins MMA from Aetna where she supported large client benefits programs. During her time at Aetna she managed the Dedicated Care Management Team and has served on the National Business Group on Health’s Evidence-based Benefit Design Committee for the past two years.
Jackie graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a bachelor’s degree in nursing. She then completed a Fellowship in Critical Care at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. Additionally, Jackie spent time at a Level One Trauma center, now an Accountable Care Organization, Inova Health System and has held roles as Assistant Director of the Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit at Cone Health, Director of the Progressive Coronary Care Unit at Randolph Hospital and then Carolinas Health System.
Christine Carey, MBA, PHR, CWPD, Health Risk Management Specialist
Christine joined the Scott Health Risk Management team in 2011 and brought with her more than 10 years of client services experience. Christine, a Certified Wellness Program Director, has helped her clients develop successful, long-term health management programs and strategies. Prior to joining Scott Insurance, Christine worked for a large consulting firm as a local practice leader and a wellness communication subject matter expert, designing and implementing communication strategies to educate and engage employees.
Christine has an undergraduate degree in Accounting from The Catholic University of America and a Masters of Business Administration from University College Dublin. Christine also holds a certificate in Human Resource Management from George Mason University and a Professional in Human Resources from the HR Certificate Institute. She is also a WELCOA faculty member.
Alex Shaw, DPT, Risk Performance Group
Alex joined Scott’s Risk Performance Group in 2014. Prior to joining Scott, Alex practiced as a licensed Physical Therapist in Richmond, VA, treating patients with a myriad of orthopedic injuries. During this time he observed that many of the patients who presented with work related injuries had a common theme —the accident or injury narrative was seemingly the result of several mistakes made during an otherwise typical workday. This breakdown or system failure intrigued Alex and led him to seek out opportunities in which he could be impactful using a preventative approach to injuries and accidents as opposed to the reactive role he had been playing.
Alex received his Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) from Virginia Commonwealth University.