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The Opioid Epidemic: What can we do differently?

Webinar Series offered by the Central East Addiction Technology Transfer Center, in collaboration with the Regional Office (Region III) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Mid-Atlantic Training Collaborative for Health and Human Services (MATCHHS).
THE PROBLEM: Drug overdose deaths and opioid-involved deaths continue to increase in the United States (U.S.).  91 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose.  From 2000 to 2015, more than half a million people died from drug overdoses, the majority of them (more than six out of ten) involving an opioid.   Since 1999, the number of overdose deaths involving opioids (including heroin and prescription drugs such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, and methadone) quadrupled.  This series is designed to assist health and human service providers working in a variety of settings with developing strategies to address the opioid public health crisis in the U.S.  (Source: CDC)
February 28, 2017
PARTICIPANTS: This webinar series is designed for healthcare and human service providers including physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, nurses, counselors, social workers, case managers, and other staff who interact with patients, who work in multiple types of settings including primary care, geriatric care, maternal and child health care, Head Start programs, STD/HIV & reproductive health care, mental health, addictions, health departments, hospitals, health centers, schools, and community health settings.

Medications Used to Treat Opioid Addiction

Date aired: February 7, 2017
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If you are a health and human service professional, you have probably at least heard of medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid addiction, but do you really understand it? Do you know what it is, by whom it can be administered, for whom it is appropriate, how it works, what kinds of medication are involved, and whether or not there are opportunities for you or your organization to help promote this evidence-based medical practice? If you want to know the answers to those questions, attend this webinar.
After participating in this webinar, you will be able to:
  • Define MAT for opioid addiction
  • Describe risks and benefits of MAT
  • Recognize medications used in MAT
  • Identify MAT resources for consumers
Marc Fishman, MD
Dr. Fishman is an addiction psychiatrist and a member of the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is the Medical Director of Maryland Treatment Centers, a regional behavioral healthcare provider, which offers programs for residential and outpatient treatment of drug-involved and dual-diagnosis adolescents and adults. Dr. Fishman is a national expert on adolescent addiction treatment and program development. His academic work has focused on models of care and treatment outcomes for addictions in youth, in particular opioid dependence.

Working Together to Address Opioid Addiction:

We are all part of the solution!

Date aired: February 21, 2017
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Prescription drug abuse is a growing epidemic in the United States and demands our attention. It affects our lives, our communities, and our country, and our world. It affects all of us socially, emotionally, financially, professionally, physically, cognitively, and environmentally.  Whether you work in a school, hospital, police department, health center, community center, shelter, or any other health or human service setting, there is a role that you or your organization can play to positively impact the opioid use epidemic. This webinar will explore such roles for your consideration.
After participating in this webinar, you will be able to:
  • Describe individual and organizational tactics to promote opioid use screening and abuse prevention.
  • Identify models of community partnerships that can be effective in reducing opioid abuse.
Renata J. Henry, M.Ed.
Ms. Henry has over 35 years of experience in behavioral health, serving in leadership positions in mental health, substance abuse, and state and county government. Currently she is Executive Director of the Danya Institute which operates the Central East Addictions Technology Transfer Center. Prior to joining Danya Institute in 2013, positions held include the Deputy Secretary for Behavioral Health and Disabilities with the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and Director of the Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health of Delaware Health and Social Services. Ms. Henry has provided national leadership in various capacities, including as a member of the Advisory Mental Health Council for the National Institutes of Health and SAMHSA’s Advisory Committee for Women’s Services, and as President of the Board of Directors of the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors. Renata is the mother of two daughters and says they are her greatest achievement.


Opioid Prescribing: Safe Practice, Changing Lives

Date aired: February 28, 2017
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We now know that overdoses from prescription opioids are a driving factor in the 15-year increase in opioid overdose deaths. Since 1999, the amount of prescription opioids sold in the U.S. has nearly quadrupled, yet there has not been an overall change in the amount of pain that Americans report. This comprehensive course, developed by experts from Collaborative for REMS Education (CO*RE), incorporates all six units outlined in the FDA blueprint for safe opioid prescribing. Attend this webinar if you want to be able to:
  • Counsel patients and caregivers about safer use of opioids;
  • Describe strategies for diagnosing and managing opioid-addicted patients; and
  • Practice techniques for safe opioid prescribing.
Yngvild K. Olsen, MD, MPH, FASAM
Dr. Olsen is a graduate of Harvard Medical School, did her residency training in internal medicine at the Boston University’s Boston Medical Center, and received a Master’s in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is Board-certified in Addiction Medicine through ABAM. She currently serves as the Medical Director for the Institutes for Behavior Resources Inc./REACH (Recovery Enhanced by Access to Comprehensive Healthcare and as a consultant on integrated care initiatives in Baltimore City.  She previously served as the Vice President of Clinical Affairs and Medical Director for the Baltimore Substance Abuse System, Inc. (BSAS). Dr. Olsen has written and lectured extensively on addiction, opioid dependence, and co-morbid medical issues, including chronic pain.


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