Opioid Use, Abuse, and Solutions

Original Webinar Recorded: Friday, September 21, 2018

Organized and sponsored by:

  • University of Hawai‘i —Office of Public Health Studies &
  • Hawai‘I Public Health Training Hui (Collaborative) 

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Course Summary:

A wave of opioid addiction is affecting communities both in Hawai‘i and on the US continent. Use of opioids such as heroin, morphine, and prescription pain relievers has swelled to levels of dependency in many individuals, and being cut off by well-meaning providers causes many to seek elsewhere. Several factors contribute to the breadth and complexity of this urgent problem: severe chronic pain, greater use of prescriptions, aggressive marketing by pharmaceutical companies, among others. Services, solutions, and care management exist here in Hawai‘i to reduce harm and improve quality of life for all.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Discuss the techniques for good negotiation and dispute resolution.
  • Examine how to practice processes needed to advance negotiation to peaceful resolution.
  • Share case studies of how people have negotiated and resolve conflict creatively.

Duration: ~ 1.5 hours

Continuing Education Information: 1.5 CHES, 1.5 CPEU for RDs, 1.5 CNEs for RNs

This activity is co-sponsored with the University of Arizona’s College of Nursing CPE Unit for 1.5 contact hours. The University of Arizona Continuing Professional Education is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Continuing Nursing Education Group, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Guest Speaker: Heather Lusk, MSW

Executive Director of Life Foundation and The Chow Project

Speaker Bio:

Heather Lusk, MSW, is the Executive Director of two agencies that are in the process of becoming one: The Life Foundation and the Community Health Outreach Work (CHOW) Project. Heather has over 20 years of experience dedicated to reducing health disparities and stigma as it relates to HIV, viral hepatitis and other chronic conditions linked to substance use. As a community leader, Heather works to support systems integration and the intersection of mental health, substance use, homelessness, chronic health conditions and the criminal justice system.

Register for this course HERE.