(LEWES, Del) - Maryland's Governor Larry Hogan recently said opiod addiction is having a devastating impact in Maryland. It impacts all ages and demographics." Delaware is has not escaped the opioid addiction epidemic plaguing Delmarva and the country.
Saturday, March 4 Beebe Healthcare will hold an opioid conference at Irish Eyes in Lewes to educate people in medicine on how to stop contributing to this alarming trend affecting so many families.
Cheyenne Luzader, a Beebe representative, said the purpose of the conference is "to talk about how we can all work together to offer solutions to end addiction to opioids."
The goal is to have doctors stop prescribing pain medication so frequently.
Luzader went on to say, "There will be panels that will talk about how acupuncture, chiropractic, acupuncture detox, massage, and mind body practices can all help alleviate pain."
Tomorrow's keynote speaker, Dr Uday Jani, says pain medicine already has an addictive property which leads to people becoming dependent.
Jani said, "The problem is, when you give that drug to someone who's in pain initially, and if you don't give it for a short period of time like after surgery or if someone breaks a bone, then people feel like they're always in pain."
Tomorrow's event is for people responsible for delivering patients the opioids. "It's to help practitioners learn alternatives to prescribing opioids, (because) it's been kind of a standard practice," Luzader said.
Dr. Jani says young people today are ripe for addiction.
"This is a generation of a quick fix. So it's like 'I have a problem, give me a pill', and that needs to change," said Jani.
The problem is so big, Governor Hogan recently released a PSA on how to stop the epidemic.
If you practice medicine, you can still register, until tomorrow at 7:45 a.m., at Irish Eyes.