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Media Alert: 10/11 Forum on Opioids and Addiction - How Businesses Can Address the Growing Crisis - 10/10/18

Kaiser Permanente, Portland Business Journal Host Forum on Opioids and Addiction




Thursday, October 11th

8:00 a.m.- 9:30 a.m.





Sentinel Hotel

614 SW 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97205







Business and community leaders will talk about the impact of the opioid crisis, and steps businesses in particular can take to address it, like reducing stigma, providing employees access to addiction treatment, and supporting community efforts to create recovery housing. 

Event website: https://www.bizjournals.com/portland/event/163441/2018/opioids-and-addiction-from-crisis-to-healing

  • 8:00-8:10 a.m: Opening remarks from Craig Wessel, PBJ publisher, and Lucy Savitz, Kaiser Permanente’s Vice President, Health Research.
  • 8:10 a.m: Stacy Oberstaller, an HR strategist in recovery from opioid addiction will share her personal story and offer guidance to businesses.
  • 8:20 – 9:15 a.m.: Panel discussion:
    • Dr. Rachel Solotaroff, President/CEO of Central City Concern
    • Dr. Paul Lewis, Tri-County Health Officer
    • Dr. Brad Anderson, chief of addiction medicine, Northwest Permanente (physician group of Kaiser Permanente)
    • Moderator: Dwight Holton, CEO, Lines for Life





  • 3 Oregonians die each day due to alcohol, and we lose 1 Oregonian each day to opioid abuse
  • The economic impact of drug and alcohol misuse and addiction amounts to $442 billion each year - topping diabetes at $245 billion.
  • 70% of employers have been affected by problems related to prescription drug use, including absenteeism, impaired performance, and workplace injury.

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