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Understanding the Opioid Epidemic: Community Responses to Address a Crisis (2 Pain Management CEs)
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In 2015, Michigan saw its third consecutive year of record drug overdose deaths. That year, 1,981 people died from drug overdoses. Since 1999 overdoses have quadrupled (DFP, 2017). What do we need to know as practitioners to help our clients avoid this same fate?

6/1/2018
When: Friday, June 1, 2018
1:30-3:30pm
Where: NASW-Michigan Chapter Office
741 N. Cedar St.
Suite 100
Lansing, Michigan  48108
United States
Contact: Megan Farnsworth
517-487-1548 ex10


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Summary

 

In 2015, Michigan saw its third consecutive year of record drug overdose deaths. That year, 1,981 people died from drug overdoses. Since 1999 overdoses have quadrupled (DFP, 2017). What do we need to know as practitioners to help our clients avoid this same fate? "Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it." In other words, we cannot begin to address this issue without knowing how it started. Only then, can we work collaboratively in our communities to change policies to help address this issue. A local public health expert will provide an overview of the opioid epidemic from a historic (causative) perspective and will compare national trends to those seen locally. In addition to understanding local trends, the workshop will provide a call to action related to the need for community solutions from a cross-sector of partners, including non-traditional partners. Attendees will hear from impacted people how this epidemic effected them and what they recommend practitioners consider when working with clients. 

 

Objectives:

  • Participants will acquire a basic understanding of addiction and how it relates to the opioid epidemic
  • Participants will acquire knowledge of factors that led to the current opioid epidemic
  • Participants will learn ways community partners can respond to the epidemic and what role they may have in that response

Continuing Education:

  • 2 PAIN CEUs for social workers 
  • This workshop is eligible for 2 MCBAP SUD-specific hours

Cost:

 

Members: $20

Student Members: $10

 

Future Members: $40

Student Future Members: $30

 

Presenters:

 

Linda Vail is the Ingham County Health Officer leading a department of nearly 400 staff with an annual budget of approximately $40 million. Linda holds a Master’s in Public Administration, concentrating in public health, from Western Michigan University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology from the University of Georgia. 

 

Allan Wachendorfer is the Director of Public Policy for the NASW-Michigan Chapter. He is also the co-founder of Nation Outside: The Voice of Formerly Incarcerated People. Allan holds a Mater's in Social Work, concentrating in social policy and evaluation, from the University of Michigan, and holds a Bachelor's degree in Social Work from Eastern Michigan University. 

 

 

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