Opioid panel left to right: Jose Benitez, Kevin Caputo, M.D., Tony Luke, Jr., Devin A. Reaves, and Richard Snyder, M.D.
Independence Blue Cross (Independence) leaders participated in “The Opioid Forum: Your Employee. Your Neighbor. Your Friend,” a community conversation about the region’s leading crisis. Independence was the presenting sponsor of the event, which was organized by The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Lorina Marshall-Blake, president of the Independence Blue Cross Foundation, offered welcoming remarks, and Dr. Richard Snyder, chief medical officer of Independence, spoke on a panel about current efforts in our region to help fight the opioid epidemic. Also participating in the panel were Jose Benitez, executive director of Prevention Point; Tony Luke, restaurateur and founder of the #BrownandWhite initiative against heroin abuse; Dr. Kevin Caputo, vice president of Behavioral Health for Crozer-Keystone Health System; and Devin A. Reaves, executive direction of Pennsylvania Harm Reduction Coalition.
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney and the city’s health commissioner, Dr. Thomas Farley, each talked about the city’s efforts to address the opioid crisis. The event included a moving description of how opioids have devastated parts of our city, narrated by Inquirer metro columnist Mike Newall, with photos by David Maialetti, Inquirer photographer. Attendees also learned how to administer the life-saving drug Narcan for an opioid overdose.
Independence is keenly focused on prevention and treatment, working closely with doctors, community leaders, and government to fight the opioid epidemic through prescribing guidelines, restrictions, and safe practices. For more information, visit www.ibx.com/fightopioidaddiction.