We are sharing an webinar coming up this Friday, March 17, 2023 at Noon CT hosted by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois.
According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, 3,013 individuals died of an opioid overdose in Illinois in 2021, which is a 2.3% increase from 2020 and a 33% increase from 2019.1 This nationwide increase is largely due to the rise of synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, as reported in the Statewide Semiannual Opioid Report from May 2022. The rate of opioid overdose fatalities has increased disproportionately among non-Hispanic Black individuals who are 45-65 years old.2
To address this public health and health equity issue, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois is sponsoring a presentation to providers on resources for the treatment of opioid use disorder, specifically medication-assisted recovery.
The following speakers will present at the event:
- Nicole Gastala, MD, board-certified in Family Medicine and Addiction Medicine and currently serves as the medical director of the Substance Use Prevention and Recovery Division of IDHS.
- Tanya Sorrell, PhD, PMHNP-BC, Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Rush University College of Medicine and the Director of the Rush Substance Use Disorder Center of Excellence.
- Seth Action, Project Manager at Providers Clinical Support System (PCSS).
1Illinois Department of Public Health Statewide Semiannual Opioid Report - May 2022.
2Illinois Department of Public Health, Illinois Opioid Overdose Epidemic During the COVID-19 Pandemic.