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Webinar: Communities Are Stronger Than Epidemics
March 21, 2017 . 1:00 pm - 2:00 pmFree
Topic: 15 Approaches Your Community Can Take to Break the Cycle of Opioid Addiction, Overdose, and Death
Successfully breaking the cycle of opioid addiction demands a new approach. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, deaths from prescription opioids – drugs such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, and methadone – have more than quadrupled since 1999, reaching unprecedented levels. We need a new approach that includes all of us: a comprehensive funding and educational strategy led by the federal government; statewide efforts that involve law enforcement, corrections, and the courts; as well as grassroots engagement of advocates, professional helpers, people in recovery, service providers, and other allies for wellness. Recovery happens in communities where individuals and families can access natural supports and services and where the hard work of changing the social norms surrounding addiction and recovery can occur.
We believe that with proper support and by empowering people through self-directed pathways of care, recovery is possible for everyone.
Attend this free, one-hour webinar led by Marty Harding, senior trainer and consultant at the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, and Neil Campbell, executive director of the Georgia Council on Substance Abuse. As experts in education, community mobilization, and addiction recovery, they will help you learn the top 15 approaches to becoming a community that is stronger than an epidemic. These include:
- Creating partnerships to work together across sectors
- Developing ordinances and places for safe drug disposal
- Establishing drug diversion task forces
- Training for first responders in the use of naloxone (Narcan) for reducing opioid overdoses
- Increasing the availability and acceptability of medication-assisted treatment
- Involving families in the solution
- Using drug courts to fight opioid addiction and trafficking
- Creating referral programs through law enforcement agencies
- Disseminating information about state laws that encourage intervention
- Building awareness about your state’s prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP)
- Supporting employees through effective policies and employee assistance programs
- Hosting community mobilization events to put tools into the hands of every community sector
- Offering community-based training on how to use recovery-focused language and tell our stories of hope
- Implementing and supporting sustainable peer-run recovery support programs
- Conducting strength-based listening sessions in your community
Suggestions on how to sustain these efforts will also be presented.