Wednesday Aug 9
2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Opioid overdoses are now clearly one of the biggest public health threats facing this country, leading to more than 33,000 deaths in 2015 according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 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 public health partners, agencies across the country are finding innovative ways to help address the problem and stop overdoses before they occur.
In this roundtable discussion, leaders of EMS systems taking proactive approaches to addressing the opioid crisis, including the Richmond (Va.) Ambulance Authority, ProEMS in Cambridge, Mass., and Trinity EMS in New Hampshire, will share their successes and challenges. Members of the audience will be invited to tell their communities’ stories as well in an open and honest conversation of the role of EMS in halting the rise in overdose deaths.