Past Event: July 2018 Alliance Learning Circle

January 2017 ALC

The opioid epidemic and treatment is costing employers big. Consider these facts:

  • 99 percent of patients receive opioids after surgery
  • First lifetime exposure to opioids may be after surgery
  • 259 million prescriptions for opioids were written in 2012 – enough for one bottle for every American adult.

The Alliance tackled this topic head on with insights from multi-stakeholders offering their perspectives and ideas on how employers can help combat this issue.

Meeting Materials

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The Opioid Epidemic: What’s an Employer to Do?

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Watch the Presentations

Employer Activist for Addiction Treatment
Robert Poznanovich, vice president, Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation
The Opioid Epidemic in Wisconsin
Paul Krupski, director of opioid initiatives, WI Department of Health Services
Illinois & the Opioid Epidemic
Stephanie Vojas, principal, Michael Best Strategies
The Opioid Epidemic and How It is Impacting the Workplace
Cheryl Larson, CEO, MBGH
The Opioid Epidemic: A Pharmacist’s Perspective
Jocelyn Kerl, PharmD., BCPS, clinical services manager, National CooperativeRx
Provider Panel Perspective
Moderator: Linda Syth, Wisconsin Medical Society
Dr. George Morris, Ascension, Dr. Michael McNett, Aurora Health Care; Dr. Michael Miller, Rogers Behavioral Health; Christopher Cunningham, Concordia University of Wisconsin – School of Pharmacy
Chiropractic: Opioid Reduction & Avoidance
Jeff King DC, MS, Wisconsin Chiropractic Association
Physical Therapy: A Hidden Answer to Ease the Opioid Epidemic
Dr. Julie Lombardo & Dr. Kevin Wait, Capitol Physical Therapy
Building Opioid Aareness & Prevention: Campaigns for Employers
Mary Rode, owner, The Write Source and Laura Monagle, VP, client services & public relations, Affirm

Thank you to our sponsors:


National CooperativeRx
Novo Nordisk
Delta Dental









Stoughton Hospital

WI Chiropractic Association

Herzing University
Rogers Behavioral Health