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Date: Friday, May 17, 2019
9:00am-2:00pm (lunch included)
CEUs 3* (LSW/LCSW, LPC/LCPC, Clinical Psychologist, Marriage & Family Therapist
* 3.75 Credits for CADC-licensed professionals applied through the Illinois Certification Board.
The devastation of the opioid epidemic is increasingly well known, with an estimated 47,600 fatal overdoses in 2017(CDC, 2018). From 2016-17, fatal opioid overdoses increased over 95% in Chicagoans over 65 while decreasing for younger people. Older adults are prescribed opioids at higher rates than other age groups, and often become a conduit through which others acquire these drugs. Also, the normal physiology of aging makes older adults more vulnerable to the risks associated with opioids. Nonetheless a common misperception exists that opioid misuse is a largely not an older adult issue.
Each life lost to opioid misuse is not just a tragedy for families, friends, and communities, but also represents a failure of healthcare, social services, law enforcement and other sectors to provide adequate and appropriate treatment for individuals living with opioid addiction. Often, service providers do not intervene in the right way or at the right time because of a lack of resources and training. This is especially true in under-resourced neighborhoods on the South and West Side.
At this event, a multidisciplinary panel will discuss the opioid crisis and its impact on older adults from a range of perspectives from the societal to individual level. Topics will include the origins and the scale of the opioid epidemic nationwide, an examination of policy responses, how healthcare providers are rethinking pain management, and practical steps front line staff can take to identify and respond to older individuals, whether they be at risk for opioid misuse themselves, or connected to someone who is.
After attending this event, participants will be able to:
• Identify factors that place older adults at risk for opioid use disorder.
• Identify specific resources available to aid older adults affected by opioid use disorder.
• Recognize the signs and symptoms of an opioid overdose.
• Administer naloxone to potentially reverse an opioid overdose.
About the Speakers:
Captain Jeffrey A. Coady, Psy.D., ABPP; SAMHSA Regional Administrator
Jamelia Hand, CADC, CODP; Vantage Clinical Consulting
Monica Malec, MD; Palliative Care Physician, University of Chicago
About the Program:
Seating is limited on a first-come, first-seated basis. Arrive early to claim your seat.
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This program is sponsored by:
The South Side Healthy Aging Resource Exchange (SHARE) Network at the University of Chicago Medical Center
The University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration
Illinois Coalition on Substance Use and Aging