Geisinger Health Plan to bring #HadEnough campaign to Lackawanna County

SCRANTON, PA — The public is invited to attend a community discussion on opioid awareness Monday, May 22, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine.

Presented by Geisinger Health Plan, #HadEnough panelists will include Lackawanna County Commissioner Laureen Cummings; Lackawanna County President Judge Michael Barrasse; District Attorney Shane Scanlon; Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine President and Dean Dr. Steven Scheinman; Geisinger Marworth Treatment Center’s William Poray; Geisinger Pharmacy Director Eric Wright; and Clean Slate Addiction Treatment Center’s Andy Mendenhall.

Dr. Perry Meadows, medical director of government programs for Geisinger Health Plan, will serve as moderator. Heather Lawler, a Pennsylvania resident and recovering addict, will share her personal struggles with addiction. 

In 2015, 3,505 people in Pennsylvania died from drug overdose — more than the number of people who died in car crashes.

“Pennsylvania is amid a full-fledged epidemic,” said Commissioner Laureen Cummings, who invited the #HadEnough community initiative to Lackawanna County. When it comes to prescribing opioids, Cummings – who is also a nurse – is an advocate that pain as a vital sign needs to be reversed. She urges residents to talk to their physicians about non-opioid options for treatment or post-surgery care. 

“Addiction isn’t biased,” stresses Dr. Meadows, whose own family has been devastated by opioid addiction. “I know the pain of having a loved one who is addicted. You have to have hope they can beat the addiction. You can never stop hoping. Community members need to know they are not alone. We can all come together and fight this epidemic.”

About Geisinger Health Plan

Geisinger Health Plan, begun in 1985, is headquartered in Danville, Pennsylvania. Geisinger Health Plan’s HMO, PPO and Geisinger Gold’s HMO are among the highest-rated private and Medicare health plans in the nation.* The plan serves approximately 586,000 members in Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maine. Coverage is available for businesses of all sizes, individuals and families, Medicare beneficiaries, Children’s Health Insurance Program and Medical Assistance recipients. For more information, please visit TheHealthPlan.com.

*NCQA’s Private and Medicare Health Insurance Plan Ratings 2016-2017. Geisinger Health Plan’s PPO is listed in NCQA Health Insurance Plan Ratings under Geisinger Quality Options. Geisinger Gold HMO is listed in NCQA Health Insurance Plan Ratings under Geisinger Health Plan.
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