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Our New Legal Substances: Opioids and Cannabis

Posted by Nicholas Postelli for College of Health and Human Services

Virtual Event Information:

Hosted by Western Michigan University College of Health and Human Services, Kalamazoo, Michigan via Webex. Link and ancillary materials will be sent to all registrants approximately 24 hours prior to the conference. 

Session Description:

Join us for a virtual continuing education opportunity, "Our New Legal Substances: Opioids and Cannabis" presented by Jennifer Harrison, PhD, LMSW. Child welfare services for individuals with substance use needs is demanding. Collaborating with these individuals on their wellness and recovery planning requires motivational approaches and often interventions that are more effective for early stage readiness. Add to this, the opioid crisis in the United States. Since 1999, sales of opioids in the U.S. have quadrupled. From 1999-2018, more than 360,000 people died from overdoses related to prescription opioids. In Michigan, in 2017, there were 1,600 opioid overdose deaths, an increase of 57% from 2016. It is now the #1 cause of accidental death for people under 50. Cannabis is now available for recreational use in 11 states including Michigan, and available for medical use in a total of 33 states. This presentation will provide assessment and intervention strategies for working with families with cannabis and opioid use. Finally, race and socio-economic status, and their relationship with our understanding of substances are discussed. Child welfare services for individuals with substance use needs is demanding. Collaborating with these individuals on their wellness and recovery planning requires motivational approaches and often interventions that are more effective for early stage readiness. Add to this, the opioid crisis in the United States. Since 1999, sales of opioids in the U.S. have quadrupled. From 1999-2018, more than 360,000 people died from overdoses related to prescription opioids. In Michigan, in 2017, there were 1,600 opioid overdose deaths, an increase of 57% from 2016. It is now the #1 cause of accidental death for people under 50. Cannabis is now available for recreational use in 11 states including Michigan, and available for medical use in a total of 33 states. This presentation will provide assessment and intervention strategies for working with families with cannabis and opioid use. Finally, race and socio-economic status, and their relationship with our understanding of substances are discussed.

Continuing Edcuation: 3 SW CEUs

Date: Friday, October 23, 2020
Time: 8:30am to noon
Cost:
$65.00 Per Participant
Note: This training is FREE for Child welfare workers. Select "Purchase Tickets" and select "Fee Adjustment" to receive the Welfare worker discount
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Contact: Lisa Brennan
(616)-771-9497
Email for more information