October 25, 2018
“The Opioid Crisis: How is Massachusetts Doing…for Providers, Policymakers and Patients Alike? Commisioner Bharel will tell us!”
Keynote Speaker Commissioner Monica Bharel will address the current state of the opioid crisis in Massachusetts. David Johnson, Director of the PMP will describe how recent and upcoming enhancements to MassPAT can contribute to the safe prescribing and dispensing practices of clinicians and pharmacists. He'll share analyses of PMP data, alone and in combination with other data sets, inform the prescribing and dispensing communities of important prescribing trends, heightened risks, and emerging threats. Dr. Schatman will discuss the political issues surrounding the legalization of medical marijuana, discuss obstacles to conducting high-quality medical cannabinoid research in the United States and discuss how to modify your medical marijuana authorization patterns based on legal realities and empirical data.