Date/Time: Thursday, July 12, 2018, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET
Presenter: J. Aaron Johnson, PhD, Interim Director, Institute of Public and Preventive Health and Associate Professor, Department of Psychological Sciences, Augusta University, Augusta, GA
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Presentation Summary: This presentation will briefly examine the history behind the US opiate crisis as well as current epidemiology including variations by region and state. The second half of the presentation will describe some of the evidence-based efforts available for treating opiate use disorders as well as efforts being implemented to prevent future use. The presentation concludes with promising examples being implemented in other countries and a discussion of some of the barriers associated with implementing similar approaches in the US.
Presenter Bio: J. Aaron Johnson, PhD is Interim Director of the Institute of Public and Preventive Health and Associate Professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences. For more than 15 years, his research interests have been focused on the adoption and implementation of evidence-based practices, primarily in substance abuse. Currently, he is Principal Investigator on 3 grants including a training grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to provide training on alcohol and drug Screening Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) to health professional students across the Augusta University campus; an Offender Reentry Program grant from SAMHSA to initiate substance abuse treatment services with incarcerated persons and successfully transition them to community-based treatment upon release; and a health literacy grant from the National Library of Medicine that is also focused on incarcerated populations. His work has been funded by a number of federal and state agencies as well as private foundations and has been widely published in journals across many disciplines.
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