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Understanding the Opioid Epidemic: Community Responses to Address a Crisis

  • NASW Michigan Chapter Office 741 North Cedar Street Lansing, MI, 48906 United States (map)

Course Description:

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

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CE Value (credits): 2
CE Type: Standard, Pain


Contact Information:
Tricia McCarthy