Independence Blue Cross (Independence) will serve as the presenting sponsor to a Delaware County Chamber of Commerce forum about the opioid addiction crisis. The forum will take place on Tuesday, August 21 from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Llanerch County Club, 950 West Chester Pike in Havertown.
At the forum, titled “From the Front Lines to the Boardroom,” members of the business community can expect to obtain first-hand knowledge about the opioid crisis from leaders in business, government, treatment, and insurance. The event will be particularly beneficial to business owners who identify employees struggling with addiction and how to access the appropriate resources.
Distinguished experts scheduled to appear at the event include:
- District Attorney Katayoun Copeland
- Richard Snyder, chief medical officer for Independence Blue Cross
- Stacie Nawn, licensed professional counselor and Service Director of Outpatient Drug and Alcohol Programs for Crozer-Keystone Health System.
The event will also include an opioid overdose reversal (Narcan/naloxone) training.
The event is free to Delaware County Chamber of Commerce members and $25 for non-members. To register, visit www.delcochamber.org.
Independence has been a regional and national leader in the fight against the opioid addiction crisis. Independence recently released results that highlight its success in reducing opioid use and prescriptions. Since 2014, Independence has seen a 45 percent reduction in opioid users (45,000 fewer members), a 35 percent reduction in opioid prescriptions (100,000 total), and an 18 percent reduction in the morphine equivalent dose. Visit Independence’s website for resources to help support individuals and families dealing with substance abuse and read what the Independence Blue Cross Foundation is doing to fight opioid abuse.
About Delaware County Chamber of Commerce
The Delaware County Chamber of Commerce strives to promote the continuous improvement of the common good and the quality of life in the community through the pursuit of new business; the cultural, social, and economic education of our citizens; and by providing accurate and timely assistance to the business community.
About Independence Blue Cross
Independence Blue Cross is the leading health insurance organization in southeastern Pennsylvania. With our affiliates, we serve 8.5 million people in 28 states and the District of Columbia, including 2.5 million in the region. For 80 years, we have been enhancing the health and well-being of the people and communities we serve by delivering innovative and competitively priced health care products and services; pioneering new ways to reward doctors, hospitals, and other health care professionals for coordinated, quality care; and supporting programs and events that promote wellness. To learn more, visit www.ibx.com. Connect with us on Facebook and on Twitter. Independence Blue Cross is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.