Prescription Opioid Abuse
Prescription Opioid and Heroin Abuse: Children and Communities at Risk
Presented by Nationally Recognized Carol Falkowski
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
9:30am – 11:30am
St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church
3450 Irving Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55408
2 CEUs | $69 | Register Here
Scholarships are available for parents of school age children to attend for free! Register online and use the code famfree at checkout.
Prescription painkiller (opioid) abuse is the fastest growing drug problem in the U.S. and Minnesota. The American Medical Association says opioids play a role in 15,000 deaths annually and account for more than 340,000 emergency department visits each year. Moreover, many who start with prescription opioids turn to readily available high purity and low cost heroin. Children with mental illnesses are at heightened risk for addiction and exposure to prescription medications. Adolescents with co-occurring disorders present unique challenges for both the mental health and addiction treatment systems. This fast-paced workshop will describe the nature and extent of this issue in Minnesota and nationally, and will outline what medical professionals, parents, and communities can do about it.
- Describe the nature and extent of prescription opioid abuse and relationship to heroin abuses.
- Describe the factors that contribute to the widespread abuse of these medications.
- Describe the basics of addiction and limitations of the service delivery systems in addressing it along with mental health issues.
- Outline what can be done by parents, professionals and communities.
Carol Falkowski has been an articulate public voice about drug abuse research, epidemiology, and public policy for over three decades in the public and nonprofit sectors. As drug abuse strategy officer at the Minnesota Department of Human Services she developed Minnesota’s first statewide substance abuse strategy in collaboration with multiple state agencies. As director of the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division she oversaw the administration of public funds for prevention, treatment and recovery services in Minnesota. She is the former director of research communications at the Hazelden Foundation and is author of the reference book, Dangerous Drugs.
School Administrators: BOSA has changed their CEU policy and will not approve CEUs for workshops under 3 hours. You can still receive your CEUs by bundling this workshop with another Winter Workshop 2014 offering.
Level: Beginner, Intermediate