National Attention for CT Opioid Efforts

Earlier today, CSMS was honored to host a special meeting on opioid prescribing and addiction issues with Michael Botticelli, Director of the White House White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, and a multidisciplinary group of practicing Connecticut physicians. Director Botticelli was joined by US Representative Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) for an opportunity to hear directly from front-line physicians about their challenges, and their recommendations for federal support.

Director Botticelli noted that Connecticut has been at the forefront of opioid efforts, and applauded our state’s efforts on issues like prescriber education and the Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP). Rep. DeLauro spoke about the “public health crisis” of opioid abuse, and shared her observations as a member of the House Appropriations Committee where she has observed strong bipartisan support for addressing the opioid crisis.

Many thanks to these Connecticut physicians for participating in the discussion, which was facilitated by CSMS President Henry Jacobs, MD, JD*:

  • Michael Carius, MD*
  • Gail D’Onofrio, MD, MS*
  • David Fiellin, MD
  • Mark Kraus, MD* – Chair, CSMS Addiction Medicine Committee
  • Dean Mariano, MD
  • Robert Russo, MD* – Immediate Past President, CSMS
  • Michael Saffir, MD* – Past President, CSMS
  • Samuel Silverman, MD*
  • Steven Wolfson, MD* – Chair, CSMS Council

*CSMS members

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Above left: Rep. DeLauro, Director Botticelli

Above right: Drs. Silverman, Saffir, Fiellin, Kraus, Mariano, Keyes, Russo, Wolfson; Director Botticelli; Drs. D’Onofrio and Jacobs; Rep. DeLauro; Dr. Carius

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