Registrations are still being accepted for the “Drug User Health: Promoting Health and Reducing Harm in Medical Settings” one-day conference being held at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on October 18, 2017. This conference is being cosponsored by the IUP Mid-Atlantic Research and Training Institute for Community and Behavioral Health (MARTI-CBH) with the Allegheny Health Network.
This conference is a way to begin to bring the medical/healthcare provider into the room with the patients who use substances to work more collaboratively toward a healthier life including recovery.
This exciting, one-day conference will focus on engaging persons who use drugs and other substances and retaining them in healthcare from primary care, to the emergency department, to the inpatient units in our hospitals.
Substance users and persons with substance-use disorders are often stigmatized and poorly understood by many healthcare providers. This leads to missed opportunities for not only better management of substance related harms but also better management of other chronic diseases and health promotion activities. This stigma and misunderstanding often leads to increased health spending and poor outcomes for substance users, which could be avoided.
The conference will feature not only new ways of engaging drug users in healthcare but also new ways for healthcare providers and substance-use treatment providers to think about addiction so they are better prepared to provide high-quality healthcare in a humane and compassionate way.
The current opioid epidemic and the astounding growth in the numbers of person dying from opiate overdose present an urgent and compelling reason to better understand and care for persons who use drugs and alcohol, regardless of whether it is in the context of abuse or social and recreational use.
This conference is intended for medical providers, primary care physicians, emergency department clinicians, social workers, nurses, drug treatment providers, and EMS/first responders. This is a knowledge-based activity.
Please spread the word! We have tried to keep this conference inexpensive and accessible to all.