Addressing the Opioid Epidemic: Community Approaches and Resources
Join the Seattle Public Library for an evening of presentations and Q&A from local experts on the opioid epidemic. The program will provide members of the community with an overview of the opioid epidemic and community approaches for addressing the epidemic. Prevention strategies and key resources will be highlighted.
The program is free and open to the public. ASL interpreted event.
Date: Thursday, October 11, 2018
Time: 5-6:30pm for information resource tables; 6:30-8pm for presentations and Q&A
Location: Level 1, Microsoft Auditorium, Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave.
Caleb Banta-Green, PhD, MPH, MSW
Principal Research Scientist and Interim Director
Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute at the University of Washington
Renae Bouvion, MPH
Acting Regional Health Administrator - Region 10, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Marc Garth Green
Deputy Chief, Seattle Police Department
For more information, View event web page.
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Surgeon General Releases Spotlight on Opioids
Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Spotlight on Opioids calls for a cultural shift in the way Americans talk about the opioid crisis and recommends actions that can prevent and treat opioid misuse and promote recovery.
The Spotlight - the Surgeon General’s newest update on opioid addiction - also provides the latest data on prevalence of substance misuse, opioid misuse, opioid use disorder and overdoses.
“The announcement is another step forward in our efforts to educate the American public about steps they can take to prevent addiction,” said Assistant Secretary for Health Brett P. Giroir, M.D, who also serves as the HHS Senior Advisor for Opioid Policy. “We are making progress. Just last week we released the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) data, which showed significantly more people received treatment for their substance use disorder in 2017 than in 2016. This was especially true for those with heroin-related opioid use disorders.”
The science shows us that no area of the United States is exempt from the opioid crisis. Yet, only 53 percent of the public consider opioid addiction a major concern. As a result, the Surgeon General is calling on all individuals to do the following:
- Talk about opioid misuse. Have a conversation about preventing drug misuse and overdose.
- Be safe. Only take opioid medications as prescribed, make sure to store medication in a secure place, and dispose of unused medication properly.
- Understand pain and talk with your healthcare provider. Treatments other than opioids can be effective in managing pain.
- Understand that addiction is a chronic disease. With the right treatment and supports, people do recover.
- Be prepared. Get and learn how to use naloxone, an opioid overdose reversing drug.
For the full document and to view the digital postcard, visit http://addiction.surgeongeneral.gov.
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Upcoming Trainings and Events:
2018 Four Directions Conference
Date: October 1 - 4, 2018
Co-Occurring Disorders Conference
Date: October 15-16, 2018
Washington State Public Health Association Annual Conference
Date: October 15 - 17, 2018
QPRT: Suicide Risk Assessment, Treatment, and Management Training
Date: October 19, 2018
NWATTC Webinar Series: Harm Reduction: An Organizing Framework to Address the Opioid Epidemic
Date: October 24, 2018 12-1pm (PT)
Susan Collins, PhD;
Washington State Association of Drug Court Professionals 21st Annual Conference
Date: October 26, 2018
Youth Mental Health First Aid monthly training series at Seattle Children's Click Here for more information.
Archive of previous NWATTC webinars
NWATTC Upcoming Trainings in Washington
More Trainings and Events:
of training events in Seattle and NW Region.
Jobs in Washington: See ADAI job page.
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Thursday, November 8, 2018 (6-8:30pm PT)
Attendees will learn about King County's current behavioral health system, opportunities for advocacy, and connect with legislators and County Councilmembers. Learn more and register online here!
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