The inaugural National Rx Abuse Summit is being held April 10-12 in Orlando, FL. The conference is bringing together stakeholders from business, government, and law enforcement to engage in dialog around this important issue. To quote from the materials available online, the goal is “to foster better understanding and cooperation among all stakeholders in the prescription drug abuse arena – state and national leaders, law enforcement officials, medical professionals, community advocates, treatment experts, educators, insurance and benefits managers, private industry leaders, and others – who are finding success in battling this nationwide epidemic, and how that cooperation can lead to successful outcomes.”
While work comp isn’t the focus of the conference, I’m certain many from the industry will attend. Mark Walls has promoted the conference on the LinkedIn Work Comp Analysis group.
From my interactions with the organizers, it’s clear they’re being very careful about participation on the part of pharmaceutical companies. In order to make progress on this issue, the moral high ground is critical – I was happy to see the stringent guidelines associated with sponsorships and exhibiting.
Full disclosure – I’ll be presenting in one of the breakout sessions on the “Human Resources” track entitled “The Financial Impact to Employers.”
But don’t let that deter you. Join us in Orlando anyway.