December 14 2018 2:37 PM

An Opportunity to Address the

Intergenerational Impact of Opioids

 

 

Tonight in my clinic, I saw a 3-year-old boy whose mother died in September from an overdose. He found her and was alone with her for 13 hours before anyone came.

 

Every once in a while, I'm temporarily distracted from the opioid crisis by other pressing issues until I'm faced with a patient like this boy.  The toll this event will have on this young child, the family member who has become his guardian and all her own children along with his mother's other family members is unimaginable.

 

I hear the familiar chorus in my mind - what can we do?

 

In Pennsylvania, our Department of Health is committed to ending this epidemic.(Click here to learn more.)  

 

As a Chapter of the AAP, we have access to tremendous resources (see below) and an activated Advocacy Committee that I'd encourage you to consider joining.  You can contact our Executive Director Annette Myarick  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you're interested. And as individual pediatricians we also have opportunities to contribute to the solution.

 

Here are six ideas for what you can do in your office:

We are honored that Dr. Levine will be one of our keynote speakers at our inaugural Pediatric Conference next May, addressing the opioid crisis in PA, including efforts to address the impact on pregnant women and babies.  The conference will be held at the Holiday Inn Hershey-Harrisburg on May 4-5, 2019. Registration will go live soon so look for our announcement.

 

As always, don't hesitate to contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have questions or ideas.   

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Deb Moss

 

Deborah Moss, MD, MPH, FAAP

President 2018-2020