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Lunch & Learn

The Opioid Crisis in Maryland: Taking Care of Others, Taking Care of Ourselves

Thursday, June 27, 2019 11:00am
McCormick and Schmick's - Baltimore, MD
711 Eastern Ave, Baltimore, MD 21202
$25 deposit to register, $25 Amex gift card provided to you on-site


Robin E. Rickard

Deputy Director, Chief of Staff
Opioid Operational Command Center

Dr. George Kolodner

Founder, Chief Innovation Officer
Kolmac Outpatient Recovery Centers

Kevin G. Amado, Sr

Executive Director, Addiction Assessment Unit Pretrial Services Program
Circuit Court, Baltimore City

Kevin Wenzel, PHD
Clinical Psychologist, Research Scientist
Mountain Manor Treatment Center
Baltimore, MD

The opioid epidemic continues to evolve: Beginning with prescription painkillers, then moving to heroin, and now particularly concentrated on fentanyl. Overdose deaths related to fentanyl increased by 24% in Maryland between 2017 and 2018, even as deaths related to other opioids, particularly heroin, decreased. On the frontline of this crisis, addiction professionals face multiple issues as they guide people toward recovery, including connecting patients to housing and employment resources to sustain recovery, considering the most effective implementation of medication assisted treatment (MAT), and addressing their own professional burnout and compassion fatigue as this public health emergency continues. Join the Psychiatry & Behavioral Health Learning Network for an insightful panel discussion as experts from the Baltimore region discuss the latest strategies for addressing these issues.

Upon attending this session, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss ways medication assisted treatment is being used effectively in the region
  • Review resources professionals can share with patients to help sustain their recovery, such as housing and employment support
  • Explore how to practice self-care to avoid compassion fatigue and professional burnout

NAADACAddiction Professionals

This course has been approved by NACCME, LLC, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #182840. NACCME is responsible for all aspects of the programing.

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