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Harry Nelson | Opioid Crisis – Part 1


  • Opioid Crisis
  • Advocacy
  • Pain Management
  • Mental Health
  • Addiction
  • Chronic Pain
  • Stress Management

In this episode, Michael introduces you to Harry Nelson, a leading health law expert, and the author of The United States of Opioids: A Prescription for Liberating A Nation in Pain. Join us as we discuss the history of the opioid crisis, the implications of the current epidemic and what role employers can play in being part of the solution.

Here’s a glance at what we discuss in this episode:

  • Why Harry was inspired to write The United States of Opioids: A Prescription for Liberating A Nation in Pain
  • The evolution of America’s first opioid crisis in the late 1800s and early 1900s and how the reverberations from the first crisis are evident in the current crisis
  • How the second leg of the Opioid crisis began in the late 70’s and early 80’s
  • How it was only in the early 2000s is when we first began identifying data on overdose, death rates and addiction related to opioids
  • In 2017, there were over 49k opioid overdose deaths from both legal and illegal opioid drugs and 12 million Americans with an opioid specific addiction and 50 million of americans report having chronic pain
  • Addressing the question of who is to blame for this crisis and the many contributors to the current epidemic
  • The importance of challenging the status quo to obtain alternative ways to access care for addiction and chronic pain
  • The government’s primary response to the opioid crisis includes providing access to Naloxone, the overdose reversal drug, alternative pharmacy pill solutions, early intervention, medical devices and providing access to rehabilitation
  • Why we need to look beyond healthcare and government solutions to move the needle on the opioid crisis
  • How Employers can enable employees to utilize employer sponsored services that are available for stress reduction and mental health
  • How Employers have an enormous opportunity to create a workplace that encompasses the four sources of human happiness including connection, control, context and competency
  • Why Harry encourages employers to take an active role in addressing the opioid crisis through awareness, intervention and prevention
  • How all proceeds of the book go to a number of nonprofit organizations
  • To learn more about Harry visit
  • To stay up to date on the Opioid crisis visit
  • To learn more about Harry’s law firm visit
  • To purchase the book on Amazon click here

About the Host, Michael Menerey

Michael Menerey is a Senior Vice President and Benefits Consultant with one of the largest Employee Benefits Brokerage & Consulting firms in the country. He is a partner in the Employee Benefits Practice and works in the Los Angeles office.

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