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The misuse of and addiction to opioids is a serious national crisis that affects tens of thousands of people each year. Even though Nebraska has one of the lowest rates of drug overdose deaths in the nation, several organizations are still taking steps to decrease local opioid abuse, released information says.

 On Friday, June 22, Columbus Community Hospital (CCH) will host the Pain Management Symposium 2018: The Opioid Epidemic and the Current State of Pain Management in America. The event will be held from 8 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. at the Ramada - Columbus.

 Featured speakers for the Pain Management Symposium include Dr. Marty Makary, a surgeon and researcher at John Hopkins University School of Medicine and Dr. Phillip Essay with Nebraska Spine + Pain Center.

 Dr. Makary is the author of “Unacceptable: What Hospitals Won’t Tell You and How Transparency Can Revolutionize Health Care” and is a national advocate for transparency in health care. He will present on patient empowerment through increased transparency of medical information. Dr. Makary speaks nationally on the future of health care, accountability in medicine and how new innovations can streamline health systems.

 Dr. Essay is in private practice as a pain management specialist in Omaha and Lincoln. He will be discussing rational controlled substance management. He will talk about procedures to safely initiate opioid therapy, minimize irregular opioid behavior and implement opioid exit strategies.

 A complete schedule and registration form are attached. Cost for the symposium varies.

 For more information about the Pain Management Symposium, people are encouraged to contact Amy Blaser at 402-562-3371.

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