Presented by:Dr. Jennifer Attonito
, Faculty, Health Education Program, Walden University
What is termed “the opioid epidemic” is complex, and likely composed of a convergence of smaller failures in substance abuse treatment, healthcare, and public policy, as well as the nature of opioids themselves. More Americans died from a drug overdose in 2017 alone than died in the entire Vietnam War, and overdose deaths are higher than deaths from HIV during its deadliest year. Opioid overdoses accounted for more than 47,000 deaths in 2017 (67.8% of all drug deaths). This webinar will examine trends in the incidence rates of opioid overdoses in different regions of the U.S. We will also explore possible determinants of the epidemic and policy responses to the epidemic. Finally, this webinar will discuss a range of future targets in areas of substance abuse prevention, treatment, and policy, including wider use of naloxone to prevent overdose deaths, the adoption of medication assisted treatment (MAT) as standard care for people with opioid use disorders, and increasing acceptance for syringe exchange programs to reduce the infectious disease harms associated with needle sharing.
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