Pinnacle Webinar Series: How EMS Can Fight the Opioid Epidemic
Last month the Pinnacle EMS Leadership Forum convened a special session about the role of EMS in confronting the opioid epidemic. In a packed room, a variety of EMS agencies from around the country shared their best practices in using data—and practicing collaboration with local law enforcement and social services— to combat the opioid epidemic in their regions.
Join EMS leaders from around the country on October 5 at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) for an interactive live discussion about this issue. As an encore to their Pinnacle session, leaders of EMS systems taking proactive approaches to addressing the opioid crisis will share their successes and challenges. The faculty includes Rob Lawrence (Richmond Ambulance Authority, VA), Jamie Pianka (ProEMS, Cambridge, MA), Dave Lewis (St. Charles County, MO) and Jon Kelley (Trinity EMS, NH). Your facilitator will be Todd Stout, President of FirstWatch, which is hosting the presentation. You can register here.
Opioid overdoses are clearly one of the biggest public health threats facing this country, leading to more than 33,000 deaths in 2015 alone. 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 law enforcement, public health and social services, learn how agencies across the country are finding innovative ways to help address the problem and stop overdoses before they occur.