Location: RM 271
Veterans Treatment Programs
OPIOID AND OTHER SUBSTANCE USE DISORDERS
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02:39 PM -- Veterans Treatment Programs
Dr. Bill Massey, Cadira MD, presented to the committee and distributed handouts (Attachment L and M). Dr. Massey described his experience researching substance use and abuse. He described socioeconomic causes of the opioid crisis and the historic use of substances. He summarized the addiction process, barriers to treatment for substance abuse, and new research into effective substance abuse treatments. Dr. Massey described technological advances in personalized medicine that may be used in treating substance abuse.
17Opioid0912AttachL.pdf Attachment M can be viewed at Legislative Council.
Dr. Massey responded to committee questions.
Beau Gertz, Cadira MD, discussed his experience with veterans, pain management, and mental health with the committee. He explained effective alternative treatments for pain, including physical activity.
Nate Watson, representing himself, discussed his experiences as a veteran recovering from physical injuries and post traumatic stress disorder. He described his use of opioids to treat pain, and his transition to alternative therapies. Mr. Watson responded to questions from the committee.
Ian Newland, representing himself, discussed his experiences as a war veteran and the injuries he received on active duty. He described his struggle with post traumatic stress disorder and pain management, and the alternative therapies he employs, including physical fitness. Amy Stephens, Cadira MD, gave concluding remarks to the committee.
Dr. Massey and Mr. Gertz responded to a question on policy recommendations regarding opioid use.