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DCMS member tells Senate the opioid crisis is like “chemical warfare”

Tuesday, October 10, 2017   (0 Comments)
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Today, the Florida Senate Committee on Health Policy heard testimony that will begin to shape legislation to address the opioid crisis in Florida. In the first six months of 2017, 704 Floridians died of Fentanyl related opioid overdoses. That’s a 13.9% increase in just one years’ time.

DCMS Member Dr. Raymond Pomm addressed the Senate with his experience in Jacksonville and the crisis in our community. He characterized the current treatment paradigm as “Chemical Warfare,” stating that methadone is not effective at addressing addiction.

Dr. Pomm also announced “Project Safe Lives,” a pilot project being conducted with UF Health Jacksonville and St. Vincent’s Hospital which begins in the emergency room and move through multiple steps through detox and finally treatment.

The DCMS is taking a leading role in combating the opioid crisis in our community. DCMS is convening a Task Force of Physicians to address education and process implementation around safe prescribing guidelines. Additionally, the DCMS Legislative Committee is working closely with the Florida House and Senate on the development of legislation to help curb the crisis.

The DCMS is the voice of physicians in Jacksonville. If you would like to lend your voice to the discussion by volunteering for the DCMS Opioid Task Force or DCMS Legislative Committee, please contact us at dcms@dcmsonline.org.