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SEAside Webinar: The Prescription Drug and Heroin Epidemic: A Public Health Response

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Presenter J. Aaron Johnson, PhD, Interim Director, Institute of Public and Preventive Health and Associate Professor, Department of Psychological Sciences, Augusta University, Augusta, GA

Abstract: This presentation will briefly examine the history behind the US opiate crisis as well as current epidemiology including variations by region and state. The second half of the presentation will describe some of the evidence-based efforts available for treating opiate use disorders as well as efforts being implemented to prevent future use. The presentation concludes with promising examples being implemented in other countries and a discussion of some of the barriers associated with implementing similar approaches in the US.

Presenter Bio J. Aaron Johnson, PhD is Interim Director of the Institute of Public and Preventive Health and Associate Professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences. For more than 15 years, his research interests have been focused on the adoption and implementation of evidence-based practices, primarily in substance abuse. Currently, he is Principal Investigator on 3 grants including a training grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to provide training on alcohol and drug Screening Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) to health professional students across the Augusta University campus; an Offender Reentry Program grant from SAMHSA to initiate substance abuse treatment services with incarcerated persons and successfully transition them to community-based treatment upon release; and a health literacy grant from the National Library of Medicine that is also focused on incarcerated populations. His work has been funded by a number of federal and state agencies as well as private foundations and has been widely published in journals across many disciplines.

Thursday, July 12, 2018
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Region/Office: National
Jul 12, 2018
2:00PM - 3:00PM ET

Class Overview

SEAside is an alternate webinar series from the Network of the National Library of Medicine, Southeastern/Atlantic Region (NNLM SEA) to promote educational opportunities that occur infrequently and are in addition to the Beyond the SEA webinar series. Speakers cover different topics of interest to health science librarians, health care practitioners, librarians, and other health focused groups in the region. Topics include new and updated National Library of Medicine (NLM) resources, RML Awardee presentations on their research and outreach programs, Disaster Resources, Electronic Health Records, and many others related to health science and health care. All sessions are online webinars using WebEx, which allows for live phone conversation and online chat. SEAside webinars are held infrequently and are based on the availability of specific speakers who may not be able to present during the Beyond the SEA webinar series. Sessions are generally held at 2PM (ET) and last an hour. Sessions are recorded, closed captioned, and made available for later viewing.

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If you are unable to attend a session, webinars are recorded and added to the NNLM SEA Past Classes typically within one week.