“Providing Real Time Information Key to Curbing Opioid Epidemic

Elaine Pozycki’s opinion piece in the St. Louis Patch:


Patients and parents have the right to know that the medicines they’re prescribed can lead to dependency and addiction, yet this is still not the case. A national survey done by the Hazeldon Betty Ford Foundation confirms what I have learned from talking with other parents, who, like me, have lost a child to this epidemic: that 6 in 10 doctors prescribe opioid painkillers without telling patients that they can be addictive.

Read the full article here.


Readers React: More needs to be done to curtail opioid epidemic

From The Morning Call:

Nearly 200 people came together on a rainy Saturday night in Bethlehem this past weekend at a community forum addressing the opioid epidemic.

Opioid overdoses are the leading cause of accidental deaths in our region, state and nation. We lose more than 2,000 people in Pennsylvania and more than 50,000 people nationwide each year.

Read complete article here.


Elaine Pozycki interviewed on Steppin Out Radio

From SteppinOutRadio.com:

Like so many moms across the country, Elaine’s son became addicted to opioid pain pills, after they were subscribed to him to treat a sports injury. And, like many moms across the country, Elaine had no clue her son was addicted to them. Sadly, her son lost his life to a heroin overdose, and Elaine set out to change the laws across the country. She founded a nationwide advocacy group that pushes for legislative change to drug policies in each state.

Listen to the full interview here.

And read the article on SteppinOutRadio.com here.


Prevent Opioid Abuse attends annual NCSL Summit

With Delegate Karen Lewis Young, one of the sponsors of our Maryland notification law, at the National Conference of State Legislators Summit in LA where we received a great response

Annual International Conference on Opioids

We engaged opinion leaders and lined up support at the Annual International Conference on Opioids Recently Held at Harvard Medical School.


Maryland Passes Right to Know law for all patients— becoming 6th state to pass a conversation requirement

Governor Signs Bill Last Week Dealing With Opioid Prescriptions

April 27, 2018 – 9:34 pm
It would require health care providers to have discussions with patients before writing an opioid prescription.

Annapolis, Md (KM). It’s something doctors and other health care providers don’t often discuss with their patients, but now they’ll be required to do so under a bill signed into law last week by Governor Larry Hogan. It would require physicians, dentists, nurses and other medical professionals who prescribe opioid pain killers to their patients to discuss with them the risks of addiction from these drugs. They would also need to offer a non-opioid pain relievers if they’re available.

Read complete article here.


Elaine Pozycki Featured in Real Woman Magazine

Women Are At Risk In The Opioid Crisis

The opioid epidemic is one of the worst public health crises in American history. How did it take hold, and what can we do to avoid dangerous and deadly consequences for ourselves and our loved ones? Real Woman investigates.

Read complete article here.


Maryland lawmakers tackle opioid legislation


Responsible Prescribing is the Key to Curbing Opioid Epidemic

From Thrive Global.

Opioid overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the United States
by Andrew Kolodny, MD

Twenty years ago, opioid overdose deaths in the United States were rare. Today, they are the leading cause of accidental death, surpassing motor vehicle crashes. In 2016, more than 64,000 Americans died from a drug overdose, a figure that exceeds in one year the total number of Americans killed during the entire Vietnam war.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been clear for several years about the cause of our nation’s opioid addiction epidemic. It has shown that a sharp increase in opioid overdose deaths and addiction paralleled an increase in opioid prescribing. In other words, the CDC is saying the opioid crisis was caused by overprescribing of opioids. The medical community did not start prescribing opioids more aggressively out of malicious intent. For most of us, it was a desire to treat pain more compassionately that led to overprescribing. To bring this public health crisis under control, doctors must prescribe more cautiously.

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Parents have right to know risks of addictive pain killers

Guest Editorial by Elaine Pozycki. From the Herald News, Fall River:

Like so many moms across this country, my son became addicted to opioid pain relievers after they were prescribed to him to treat a sports injury. Had I just been told about the addictive qualities of the medicine Steven was prescribed, I would have known to look for alternatives. I would have known to look for signs of dependency earlier.

Read the complete article here.