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Harm Reduction, Medication Assisted Treatment and Considering Comorbid Disorders When Deciding Treatment

Class Details

Harm reduction is a public health strategy that was developed initially for adults with substance use disorder for whom abstinence was not feasible. Harm reduction approaches have been effective in reducing morbidity and mortality in some adult populations. Learn the specifics of what the term "harm reduction" means as it is applied in various settings. Dr. Amy Harrington, Medical Director for Acute Addiction Continuum at Community Healthlink will discuss "harm reduction", as well as how comorbid disorders can affect the type of treatment plan the patient and provider consider. Learn why a "one size fits all" treatment strategy may not be the best approach.

Learning Objectives: Harm Reduction, Medication Assisted Treatment, and Considering Comorbid Disorders When Deciding Treatment
o Learn about the philosophy of harm reduction as it relates to substance use disorders
o Learn about harm reduction strategies used to minimize secondary harm from opioid use
o Learn about how comorbid disorders can affect substance use treatment

Class Date:
Region/Office: National
Oct 5, 2017
1:00PM - 2:00PM ET
Susan Halpin, Education & Outreach Specialist

Class Instructors

Susan Halpin, Education & Outreach Specialist

Join us for a series of 3 one-hour webinars about topics related to the prevention and treatment of  substance use disorder and mental health.

You are invited to attend all 3 webinars, or only the ones that you are interested in. Each webinar has a specific focus within the mental health and substance use disorder fields.
The format of each webinar will be a presentation from a medical or community professional currently working to help people with substance-use disorders.

Through each webinar, it is our goal to provide a professional perspective that combines research and/or evidence-based information along with personal experience to further
understanding, and hopefully alleviate the stigma about topics that are timely relating mental health and the opioid health crisis.

The presenters will share their personal experiences and what they have learned by being involved on the front lines of addiction and treatment.

Using Data to Guide & Evaluate Responses to the Opioid Crisis: Rhode Island's Drug Overdose Dashboard
March 1, 2018 1-2PM (EST)
Brandon DL Marshall, PhD
Associate Professor,  Department of Epidemiology, Brown University School of Public Health
Professor of Medicine, School of Medicine
Boston University

Learn how timely analysis and public dissemination of data is being used to guide and evaluate public policy and public health response to the overdose crisis in Rhode Island.

Substance Use Disorder in Pregnancy: EMPOWER, a Community Based Approach to Improve Care for Women and Newborns Affected by Perinatal Substance Use Disorder
May 15, 2018  1-2PM (EST)
Linda Jablonski, RNC, MSN, Assistant Nurse Manager, The Birthplace; Baystate Franklin Medical Center
Co-Chair Franklin County Perinatal Support Coalition

Learn how one rural community collaborated to create a screening, referral and support program called EMPOWER (Engaging Mothers for Posititve Outcomes with Early Referrals). This innovative approach helps support women and improve outcomes by identifying and addressing barriers to care, for patients, health care providers and their community.

Just Talk About It
June 12, 2018 1-2PM
Carl Anticell
Minding Your Mind (
Carl Anticell from the non-profit organization Minding Your Mind ( will share his story about his journey through addiction to recovery. Carl will share behaviors that could be signs of potential mental health issues such as stress, anxiety, depression and crisis. Learn how to look beyond the stigma regarding mental health to address these signs of difficulty with vocabulary that invites engagement, as well as communication that shows care and respect.



Through each webinar, the objective is to provide a professional perspective, personal experience, current research and/or evidence-based information to further understanding,
and alleviate the stigma around topics that are timely within the mental health and substance use disorder field.