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Understanding the Opioid Crisis: Where do I begin?

Class Details

This webinar will be held in WebEx on October 16, 1-2pm CT.

Meeting link: https://nih.webex.com/nih/j.php?MTID=m355ae145735922cc333dceaf55f93469
Meeting number: 126 020 3770
Password: nnlmwebinar

Friday, October 16, 2020
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Region/Office: National
Oct 16, 2020
1:00PM - 2:00PM CT
Brian Leaf, Executive Director

An estimated 1.9 million people in the U.S. have a prescription opioid use disorder, while another 586,000 have a heroin use disorder. This class will help you to understand what addiction and opioids are and where you can find authoritative information to understand this complex epidemic. The National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health provide resources for both the general public and health professionals to learn about opioid abuse and overdose prevention and treatment options. We will discuss many of these resources and explore ideas for their use in community outreach education and programs in your library or organization. This 1 hour, online class is appropriate for anyone providing health information to the general public including public and medical librarians, patient or community educators and healthcare professionals.


 By the end of the session participants will be able to:

  • Explain what addiction and opioids are
  • Locate both national and local statistics on opioid use
  • Identify authoritative information on opioid overuse, prevention and treatment
  • Create outreach programs using the resources discussed in the class