Opioid prescribers panel discussion at Fairfield University

Fairfield University will host U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal for an Opioid Prescribers Panel Discussion about “Best Practices for Prescribers — What’s Working Now?” on Wednesday, Aug. 17, at 10 a.m., in the Dolan School of Business dining room, Bellarmine and Coughlin Road, Fairfield.

The issue of opioid addiction in the state of Connecticut has been at the top of the Senator’s agenda. Senator Blumenthal has participated in nine roundtable discussions and has spoken to those struggling with opioid addiction, people who have lost loved ones, law enforcement officials, first responders, doctors, addiction specialists and elected officials on the challenges with and ideas for combating the prescription drug abuse and heroin epidemic crises.

Fairfield University’s Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing & Health Studies, which is planning the panel discussion with Senator Blumenthal, recognizes that opioid abuse is a pressing public health crisis, and that it is critical that APRN students receive education on current standards. As part of academic nursing’s ongoing efforts to combat prescription drug and opioid abuse across the United States, Fairfield University has committed to educating its advanced practice registered nursing (APRN) students on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain. Fairfield has partnered with 190 American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s (AACN) member schools with APRN programs, as part of the White House Champions of Change event on Advancing Prevention, Treatment and Recovery.

Appearing with Senator Blumenthal on Aug. 17 will be Linda Mascolo, lead APRN at New Era Rehabilitation Center, Gregory Fils, APRN YNHH, Pain Management Center and Lynn Madden MPA, President & CEO, APT Foundation, along with representatives from The Medical Society, the VA and the Dept. of Consumer Protection.