As we move through the second decade of the opioid epidemic, there seems to be no end in sight. Michigan’s total overdose deaths rose more than 50 percent between 2013 and 2016, from 1,535 to 2,336. That’s more than twice the number of traffic fatalities that year, and five times the fatal overdoses in 1999 (Bridge, 2018). Human service and mental health professionals play a key role in working together with addiction treatment professionals to end the opioid epidemic and addressing addiction in general. This one-day conference is intended to bring together professionals from all walks to hear from experts working on the front lines in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Join NASW-Michigan staff and board representatives for a day of professional development, networking, and brainstorming with colleagues from across the UP and Northern Michigan.
Topics covered will include how addiction affects the brain; a panel discussion exploring treatment options and modalities available in your community; a presentation on the role of adverse childhood experiences (ACES) and the factor of resilience; and a training to learn how to administer Naloxone [Narcan] for opioid overdose reversal (a limited number of Narcan doses will be available for distribution to qualified attendees).