As part of the Trump Administration’s ongoing effort to address the opioid crisis in America, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, MD, came to Mirmont Treatment Center on Friday to continue his nationwide listening tour to learn from those on the front lines battling the epidemic.
Secretary Price noted that it is state and local policymakers, advocates, first responders, law enforcement officers, treatment centers, and many more, who have responded to help their communities in the areas of response and recovery in this time of great need.
At Mirmont, Secretary Price and Kellyanne Conway, special counselor to the president, participated in a listening session with representatives from these groups as well as an employee Town Hall to learn how the federal government can best support local initiatives and to hear what is working and what is not. During the employee Town Hall, Secretary Price thanked the entire Mirmont team for their service, passion and unwavering commitment to help community members overcome their addictions to opioids. “Let’s be clear,” he said. “This is a disease—not a moral issue—and it is a disease that knows no boundaries… It could be any one of our brothers, sisters, daughters, sons or loved ones that is affected by addiction, and we all must work together as a nation to identify and implement best practice solutions.”
During the press conference, Conway stated, “Today was an incredible experience. The insights from the front line team here at Mirmont and the personal stories community members shared during the round table give us another level of perspective in our efforts to combat the opioid epidemic. In particular, I was inspired and hearted by Mirmont’s V.I.P.E.R. (Valor with Integrity Program for Emergency Responders) program. It’s an incredible service to our law enforcement, firefighters and first responders, and I plan to share information about this program with Mr. Trump.”
“On behalf of Tom Cain, president of Mirmont Treatment Center, and the entire Main Line Health team, I want to thank Ms. Conway and Secretary Price for visiting us today. It is an honor and a privilege to have you here today and we are inspired by your commitment to address this epidemic which our employees at Mirmont work with commitment and compassion each day to help our patients overcome,” said Jack Lynch, MLH president and CEO. “As Ms. Conway stated, this is a bi-partisan issue—and as Americans, we must unite together to put an end to this devastating disease.”
In photo: Prior to the round table discussion at Mirmont on the opioid epidemic, members of MLH administrative and medical leadership had a chance to provide their insights to HHS Secretary Price and Counselor Kellyanne Conway. For more photos of the event, see https://www.mainlinehealth.org/news/2017/09/17/tom-price-kellyanne-conway-mirmont-treatment-center.