Rise and Fall of the Opioid Epidemic: A Talk by Dr. Michael Saxe
Berlin-Peck Memorial Library
Monday, Oct. 23, 6:30 pm
The Opioid Epidemic, one our major health problems facing our nation, has caused the deaths of over 200,000 Americans. Dr. Michael Saxe will discuss this epidemic's history, its causes and what each of us can do to end it.
About the presenter: Dr. Michael Saxe has practiced Emergency Medicine in Connecticut for 32 years at Middlesex Hospital in its three Emergency Department sites in Middletown, Westbrook, and Marlborough, Connecticut. As a board certified emergency physician, Dr. Saxe served as the Chairman of the Middlesex Hospital Department of Emergency Medicine for 22 years, from 1994 to 2016.
As a result of Dr. Saxe’s exposure to thousands of patients affected by the opioid epidemic, he has developed a special interest in the epidemic’s causes and solutions, and has spoken and written widely to audiences of healthcare professionals and lay people. He has also been active in statewide physician organizations and the Connecticut state government, in creating guidelines and regulations regarding the prescribing of opioids and opioid addiction medications.