The Opioid Epidemic, Our Businesses & Workplaces
-a Breakfast Forum co-presented by
the Chambers of Commerce of Revere, Chelsea and Winthrop and
the North Suffolk Public Health Collaborative
- WHEN: Wednesday, February 7, 2018
- WHERE: Comfort Inn & suites, 85 American Legion Highway, Revere, MA
- TIME: Breakfast will be available at 8:00am and the program will begin at 8:30am.
- Online registration and a complete list of speakers is at https://tinyurl.com/yara46b3.
- There is no charge to attend. Please share this announcement!
This program was organized to respond to the concerns and needs of businesses and all employers.
- Secretary Marylou Sudders of the MA Executive Office of Health and Human Services will be present to offer keynote remarks
- Overview of the Epidemic and Its Impacts on Workplaces by Dr. Alexander Walley of the Boston University School of Medicine
- Employment attorneys on key legal issues for employers
- A local employer of people in recovery from addiction
- Updates from local community substance use disorder prevention coalition leaders on partnerships among police, businesses and government
- Information on Employee Assistance Programs
Over 2000 people are dying annually in Massachusetts due to opioid overdose. The cost to Massachusetts of overdose deaths is estimated at over $10 billion per year. To the surprise of many, the majority of people affected by addiction are employed full time and there are ways businesses can be supportive of employees who are affected. Everyone, including employers, has a role to play in addressing the opioid epidemic and businesses are often under-utilized allies in community-wide efforts to prevent and address addiction.
The Chambers of Commerce are co-presenting this forum as a service to their members who need up-to-date information and advice on the opioid epidemic as it affects all workplaces, including large and small businesses, non-profits, schools, municipal departments, etc.
The North Suffolk Public Health Collaborative is an initiative created in 2016 by the communities of Revere, Chelsea and Winthrop to identify and collaborate on shared public health challenges.