Colorado Medical Society

Problem solving

Thursday, November 01, 2018 12:16 PM

The Colorado Medical Society convened physicians from across the state, representing different specialties and practice types, in a professionally facilitated meeting to help develop future physician-driven strategies to help reverse the opioid crisis. The convening was made possible thanks to a grant from the Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention. The Oct. 6 gathering was the first of two planned convenings that are intended to develop specific recommendations to the consortium.

The purpose for the convenings is to collectively develop and commit to concrete, meaningful changes that demonstrate leadership in dealing with the opioid health crisis. The October meeting featured a professionally facilitated mix of small and large group discussions in a day-long burst of information sharing, brainstorming and problem solving including:

Next steps include refining these ideas, sharing them with physicians and using another convening in early 2019 to finalize recommendations to the consortium. Thank you to the physicians who have already participated. Contact for information on the second meeting. And stay tuned for a full report in a 2019 issue of Colorado Medicine.