LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – KARK anchor Laura Monteverdi moderated a panel discussion on businesses combating the opioid crisis Tuesday afternoon.

The panel discussed how the combined health and economic crises linked to the coronavirus pandemic are creating new challenges for employers and employees already struggling with the opioid epidemic and best practices to respond to the overlapping crises.

Panelists Curtis Barnett, President and CEO of Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield; Christopher Dickie, CEO of Natural State Recovery Centers and Kirk Lane, Arkansas State Drug Director joined Monteverdi.

Monteverdi also shared how her life has been touched by the opioid epidemic.

The Arkansas panel is part of Sharing Solutions 2021 National Tour.

The discussion can be viewed live in the video player above.