March 20, 2017 9:30 a.m.
The Oregon Coalition for Responsible Use of Meds is convening its sixth regional summit of major stakeholders from healthcare, business, law enforcement and prevention to discuss the issue of prescription drug abuse.
The 2017 Douglas County Pain Summit is happening on Tuesday at the Danny Lang Center at Umpqua Community College.
Organizers say that Oregon ranks fourth in the nation for the highest non-medical use of prescription pain medications. Every year around 290 million opioid pills are prescribed in the state. That’s enough for 70 pills for every man, woman and child for twelve months. In Douglas County, the number of opioid prescriptions filled is consistently higher than the statewide average.
The coalition is a statewide group convened by Lines for Life,a non-profit group dedicated to preventing substance abuse and suicide. Tuesday’s meeting will include discussions about how to define the problem of prescription drug abuse and brainstorming solutions to what the group calls “the escalating crisis”.
Speakers will include:
*Dwight Holton, CEO of Lines for Life
*Dr. Greg Brigham, CEO for Adapt, South River Medical and Compass
*Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, Executive Director of Douglas Public Health Network
*Dr .James Shames, Medical Director of Jackson County Health and Human Services
The event will run from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and is for invited professionals.