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Lunch & Learn

The Opioid Crisis in New England: Taking Care of Families, Taking Care of Ourselves

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 11:00am
Massimo Ristorante - Providence, RI
134 Atwells Ave, Providence, RI 02903
$25 deposit to register, $25 Amex gift card provided to you on-site


Andrew C. Stone, MD, MPH

Physician (Addiction Medicine, 
Internal Medicine and Pulmonary)
Eleanor Slater Hospital

Holly Fitting MA LMHC, LCDP

Vice President of Addiction, Recovery & 
Residential Services
The Providence Center

Pamela Messore, MSW, LICSW, LCDP

Clinician, Educator, 
and Trainer
Community Care Alliance

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 1,575% in Rhode Island between 2012 and 2017, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. In Massachusetts, deaths involving synthetic opioids (mainly fentanyl) grew by 2,361% in the same period. And concurrent stimulant use is further complicating the situation. On the frontline of this crisis, addiction professionals face multiple issues as they guide people toward recovery, including ensuring families have resources to help themselves and loved ones, 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 New England 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 families to support their own mental health and loved ones’ recovery

  • 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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