City Health Commissioner Encourages Businesses to Help with Opioid Crisis

Baltimore City Health Commissioner Leana Wen encouraged business leaders at at a breakfast sponsored by the Greater Baltimore Committee to take part in efforts to stem the opioid epidemic. From The Baltimore Sun:

“If you have a defribrillator available, why not also have naloxone,” she said. “It could be one of your employees. It could be someone who is a passerby. You have the opportunity to save a life.”

Wen also said that businesses can make sure their employer insurance plans offer coverage for evidence-based treatment backed up by scientific research for opioid addiction. She said medication assisted treatment — such as the use of methadone or bupenephrine — combined with counseling is considered the best care.

Read the full article in The Baltimore Sun for more information.