A recent article from the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) described State Opioid Response Plans that have been developed by nine states to address opioid use disorder in 2018. Some statewide goals include focusing on prevention of opioid misuse, supporting those affected by opioid misuse, and expanding access to treatment. Proposed strategies include establishing limitations for those receiving an opioid prescription for the first time, enacting good Samaritan laws in the event of overdose, providing incentives for students to become behavioral health providers, and adding more coverage for behavioral health services.
In addition to these recommendations, there several substance use focused webinars taking place in January.
Individualized Treatment and Understanding the Non-pharmacologic Components that are Part of Recovery is a webinar from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine that will discuss the non-pharmacologic facets of recovery. This webinar will feature guest speakers Dr. Roberto Gonzalez and Lindsey Silva who will describe their experiences starting a new treatment facility. This webinar will take place on January 9, 2018 from 10:00- 11:00am EST.
Strategies to Combat Opioid Use in Rural Communities, a webinar from the Rural Health Research Gateway, will feature John Gale, MS, of the University of Southern Maine who will discuss strategies that communities can use to combat opioid use disorder. Evidence based and cost-effective strategies that have been implemented in rural communities will be the focus. This webinar will take place on January 18, 2018 from 2:00-3:00pm EST.
The Opiate Crisis: What Libraries Can Do will feature Dr. Steve Albrecht, who is trained in drug abuse recognition. He will review how library staff can recognize the signs of overdose and withdrawal and appropriate responses. This webinar is sponsored by Infopeople, which is a grant project from the Califa Group, a nonprofit organization focused on providing cost efficient products to California libraries. This webinar will take place on January 18, 2018 from 3:00-4:00pm EST.
Tackling the Opioid Epidemic in the Chicksaw Nation, presented by the Office of Minority Health National Partnership for Action, will discuss the Define Your Direction program. Define Your Direction is a prescription opioid abuse prevention movement developed to address increase awareness, reduce access to drugs and alcohol, and prevent overdose deaths. This webinar will take place on January 25, 2018 from 3:00-4:00pm EST.
Opioids and the Masses: Early Lessons from the Epidemic, part of the Public Health Fora at the Boston University School of Public Health, will discuss difficulties to addressing opioid use in clinical settings as well as promising strategies. This event will take place on January 31, 2018 from 4:30- 6:00pm EST and will be live streamed.
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