Treating the Opioid Epidemic

About This Webinar

62% of Americans “said that at least one type of substance use” was a serious problem in their communities,” while 43% said they have a “relative or close friend with substance abuse issues”

The New York Times reported that 78 people die every day from overdosing on heroin and opiate pain medications, with “many more … revived, brought back from the brink of death – often in full public view” by naloxone. The “visibility of drug users may be partly attributed to the nature of the epidemic, which has grown largely out of dependence on legal [opiates]”, with 4 out of 5 heroin users getting hooked by painkillers first and spreading the epidemic “to white, urban, suburban and rural areas.”

Watch this webinars to learn how to:

  • Identify and diagnose opiate use disorder by recognizing the high prevalence and incidence in the current epidemic
  • Recognize the new use of opiate antagonists, such as naloxone, by non-medical persons to prevent opiate overdose deaths
  • Treat opiate use disorders with innovative detoxification and maintenance on agents such as buprenorphine and depot naltrexone
  • Recognize the key roles of behavioral therapies, self-help programs, physical exercise, supported employment, and other non-pharmacologic interventions for primary and secondary prevention
  • Thomas Kosten, M.D., MA

    Chair and Professor of Psychiatry, Neuroscience, Pharmacology, and Immunology, Baylor College of Medicine


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