The Opioid Crisis in Utah: Taking Care of Families, Taking Care of Ourselves
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 54% in Utah between 2014 and 2018, according to the Utah Drug Monitoring Initiative, 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 the Salt Lake City 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 families to support their own mental health and loved ones’ recovery
- Explore how to practice self-care to avoid compassion fatigue and professional burnout