Sen. Cardin hosts second opioid discussion
ANNAPOLIS — Two years ago, U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin helped organize a roundtable discussion regarding the growing opioid epidemic seen in Maryland and throughout the United States, bringing health care professionals, law enforcement and nonprofit organizations together to share ideas on what has and has not worked in putting a dent in the crisis.
On Monday, March 19, those same professionals gathered again at Anne Arundel Medical Center for the same discussion as the opioid epidemic continues to surge. During the 90-minute long meeting, professionals shared ideas and methods, as well as industry and program shortcomings.
The discussion is part of Cardin’s ongoing series of conversations regarding the misuse and abuse of prescription and illicit opioids.
Victoria Bayless, president and CEO of Anne Arundel Medical Center, said since the care provider announced its goal of reducing opioid prescribing throughout its health system and the medical community by 50 percent by 2019, numbers at the end of year one show a 59 percent reduction. Bayless said that is equivalent to 138,000 fewer pills in communities every month.
She credits its success on the hundreds of physicians who altered their prescribing patterns.