– Upcoming Zoom conference addresses opioid epidemic with state officials |
RICHMOND – The Madison Opioid Response and Empowerment program, or MORE, will be hosting a virtual opioid conference – “Addressing the Growing Opioid Crisis” August 25 from 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. via Zoom webinar. This regional conference is free and open to the public and will focus on efforts related to prevention, education, harm reduction, treatment, recovery, family supports, community engagement, and more. To register for the conference and for more information, people can visit foothillscap.org
Operated by Kentucky River Foothills, MORE works to sustain the fight against Opioid Use Disorder/Substance Use Disorder in Madison County through a Rural Community Opioid Response Program grant funded by the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration.
“Kentucky is grappling with its worst-ever drug crisis and Madison County has been particularly hard hit, said Karen Atkins, Public Information Officer. “The opioid public health emergency impacts not just health, but justice and child welfare systems, as well as general quality of life.”
According to Atkins, there were 59 overdoses in Madison County last year and nearly that many already in 2021. Because of this, MORE is working hard to create lasting change by offering training and education to the community.
Conference attendees will gain awareness of the impact of the prescription drug and opioid epidemic in our community and learn new approaches that apply to the opioid crisis.
Governor Andy Beshear will provide opening remarks followed by Kentucky’s Public Health Commissioner, Dr. Stephen Stack. Dr. Stack will provide insight into the Kentucky Department for Public Health’s work to address Kentucky’s opioid crisis. His presentation will focus on prevention, collaborative responses to the opioid crisis, and progress being made in Kentucky.
This unique one-day online conference will spotlight what our local leaders are doing to combat the opioid issue and features many experts from our community in the field of addiction.
Addressing the Growing Opioid Crisis, PG 2
Conference sessions include:
America’s Decades-Long Overdose Crisis and the Radical Transformation of the Illicit Drug Market
Keynote Speaker: Jon Zibbell, PhD, Senior Public Health Scientist, Center for Behavioral Health Epidemiology, Implementation and Evaluation Research, RTI International
Linkages to Care through Peer Support Specialists
Presenters: Eric Thomas Poe & Brittany Presley Poe, Owners/Peer Support Specialist Trainers, The Training Center
SBIRT: How Health and Human Services Professionals (including First Responders) can use SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment) in their response to the OUD/SUD Epidemic
Presenter: Rick Miles, MD
Outreach, Intervention and Care Coordination
Presenter: Naomi Guffy, LPA, Clinic Coordinator, Mountain Comprehensive Care, Madison County
Viewing Substance Use Through a Trauma-Informed Lens
Presenter: Kristal N. Hankinson, LMFT, Project Coordinator, Child & Adolescent Trauma, Treatment, and Training Institute
“Fighting the opioid crisis is our top priority, “said Atkins. “We’re looking forward to providing education and awareness about an issue that affects everyone and showcasing the remarkable work being done by our community to combat the crisis.”
MORE has partnered with the Southern Kentucky Area Health Education Center to provide continuing education for the following professions: Physicians (5.5 hours of CME) Nurses (6.6 hours of CEU) and Counselors, Social Workers, Psychologists, Therapists, Chemical Dependency Professionals, and Peer Supporters (3 hours of CEU).