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The Opioid Crisis and Older Adults: Prescription to Addiction

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University of Chicago: School of Social Service Administration

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Date: Friday, May 17, 2019
9:00am-2:00pm (lunch included)
The University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration Lobby
969 E 60th Street; Chicago, IL 60637
Validated parking vouchers are available; indicate your interest when registering

Tuition: Free
CEUs 3.75*
*The Professional Development Program at SSA is a state of Illinois licensed provider of continuing education for social workers, clinical psychologists, professional counselors, and marriage & family therapists. Indicate your interest in CE credit at check-in.
*Credits for CADC-licensed professionals applied through the Illinois Certification Board.

The devastation of the opioid epidemic is increasingly well known, with an estimated 47,600 fatal overdoses in 2017(CDC, 2018). From 2016-17, fatal opioid overdoses increased over 95% in Chicagoans over 65 while decreasing for younger people. Older adults are prescribed opioids at higher rates than other age groups, and often become a conduit through which others acquire these drugs. Also, the normal physiology of aging makes older adults more vulnerable to the risks associated with opioids. Nonetheless a common misperception exists that opioid misuse is a largely not an older adult issue.

Each life lost to opioid misuse is not just a tragedy for families, friends, and communities, but also represents a failure of healthcare, social services, law enforcement and other sectors to provide adequate and appropriate treatment for individuals living with opioid addiction. Often, service providers do not intervene in the right way or at the right time because of a lack of resources and training. This is especially true in under-resourced neighborhoods on the South and West Side.

At this event, a multidisciplinary panel will discuss the opioid crisis and its impact on older adults from a range of perspectives from the societal to individual level. Topics will include the origins and the scale of the opioid epidemic nationwide, an examination of policy responses, how healthcare providers are rethinking pain management, and practical steps front line staff can take to identify and respond to older individuals, whether they be at risk for opioid misuse themselves, or connected to someone who is.

After attending this event, participants will be able to:
• Identify factors that place older adults at risk for opioid use disorder.
• Identify specific resources available to aid older adults affected by opioid use disorder.
• Recognize the signs and symptoms of an opioid overdose.
• Administer naloxone to potentially reverse an opioid overdose.

About the Speakers:

Captain Jeffrey A. Coady, Psy.D., ABPP; SAMHSA Regional Administrator

Jamelia Hand, CADC, CODP; Vantage Clinical Consulting

Monica Malec, MD; Palliative Care Physician, University of Chicago

About the Program:

Seating is limited on a first-come, first-seated basis. Arrive early to claim your seat. If you can no longer attend, please cancel your registration on Eventbrite so that others may register (go to "View Order").

Persons with disabilities who need an accommodation in order to participate in this event should contact Carmella Snook, csnook@uchicago.edu or 773.702.9700 at least three days in advance of the event.

For general questions about the event, contact The Professional Development Program at pdp@ssa.uchicago.edu or 773.702.1166

This program is sponsored by:

The South Side Healthy Aging Resource Exchange (SHARE) Network at the University of Chicago Medical Center

The University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration

Illinois Coalition on Substance Use and Aging

This work is conducted by the Illinois Area Health Education Centers Network Program, funded by grant No. U77HP26847 from the Health Resources and Services Administration, and administered by the National Center for Rural Health Professions at the University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Medicine - Rockford.

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