Dialogue eNewsletter, August 2016
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    In this issue... August 2016

Central East ATTC’s eNewsletter

Monthly Health Check

Aug 7-13 National Health Center Week #NHCW16

Aug 31 – Int’l Drug Overdose Awareness Day

Upcoming Training Events

Aug 16 Addressing HIV, Addiction and Mental Illness within the Faith Community, Baltimore
Aug 30 4th Annual Addiction Medicine Symposium: The Heroin Epidemic, Newark, DE
Sep 26 Road to Recovery -The Opioid Epidemic: An Integrated Approach, Baltimore
Sep 27-29
East Coast SBIRT Training of Trainers, Philadelphia

Please visit our complete training calendar.

Reaffirming Recovery

Will you share your story?

SAMHSA is sponsoring the 23rd National Recovery Month in September. This national observance is dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders and promotes the societal benefits of prevention and treatment. It also celebrates people in recovery and promotes the message that recover in all its forms is possible.

There will be a plethora of events and activities across the country, including here in Region III (if you know of an event not listed, please submit it for inclusion to dialogue@ATTCnetwork.org). The Central East ATTC would like to honor and celebrate your recovery by sharing your personal testimonials in our September edition of the Dialogue.

Testimonials can be short or long and can include a photo of yourself or something that represents your recovery journey. Please submit your testimonials to diaglogue@ATTCnetwork.org.

Overdose Prevention

Overdose deaths have increased steadily over the last few decades. CDC links the surge to a higher use of prescription drugs, mainly painkillers and sedatives. The epidemic hasn't left any community untouched and prevention efforts and treatment programs are expanding everywhere. All efforts must include a multi-systemic, total community response.

One aspect of prevention that is gaining popularity across the country is stopping an overdose as it happens, before death occurs. Many jurisdictions now train first responders and health professionals, as well as families and friends of users, how to use prescription medications that safely and effectively reverses an opioid overdose, e.g. Naloxone. There are many state, local, and community programs that offer training and access to Naloxone. Below is a short list of state programs in our region.

DE - DOSE, DC - Bread for the City, MD - ORP, PA - Get Naloxone Now, VA - REVIVE!, WV - OEMS.

See also SAMHSA's Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit.

The Central East Resource Library has additional information on opioids. To add your overdose prevention program and/or materials to the library, please email dialogue@ATTCnetwork.org.

Road to Recovery Television and Radio Series

This eight-episode series features panels of nationwide experts from the field of recovery. The August episode, Preventing and Addressing Opioid Misuse and Abuse: Our Nation's Challenge, was just released. This episode highlights recent trends in prescription opioid misuse and heroin use; opioid use disorders; and emergency department visits, overdose, and treatment episodes related to prescription opioids and heroin. Check out other episodes in the series here.

Connections Corner
A message from ...
           an expert in the field

Dr. Anthony Estreet has more than a decade of experience working in addiction and mental health as CEO of Next Step Treatment Solutions, a practicing clinician, an assistant professor, a trainer, and a researcher. (Full bio follows the article.)
Overdose: Addressing a major cause of preventable death through provider education and training
Overdose prevention is not a new initiative but is has gained increasing support given the recent surge in drug overdoses across the country. With overdoses occurring across all community boundaries – age, race, economic, geographic – an updated focus on prevention must include a multi-sector and total community response. EVERYONE has a role to play – including your organization. According to the CDC, overdose rates have increased five-fold since 1990, due to a higher use of prescription drugs (opioids and sedative/hypnotics) and increasing numbers of cocaine overdoses. CDC reported 47,055 drug U.S. overdose deaths in 2014. The ongoing need for overdose prevention efforts across the country is significant and apparent.
Making The News in Region 3
Topics/Focus Areas
Addiction Medications
Cultural Competence
Opioid Epidemic
Peer Support
Tobacco Addiction
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