Opioids and Stimulants: Addressing the New Reality
Opioids dominate headlines, but in the West stimulants are a constant concern. In June more than 500 pounds of meth were confiscated near Yuma. Many are now using stimulants alongside heroin and other opioids. The number of opioid users also using meth has increased from 19% in 2011 to 34% in 2017. With no FDA-approved medication-assisted treatments available for stimulants, and community resources already struggling to address opioid use, treatment providers are under tremendous strain as they address what some are calling the “next” drug crisis. Not only are illicit drugs such as meth and cocaine a concern, but recreational use of prescription ADHD medications for “academic enhancement” on college campuses such as Arizona State University is also ringing alarms. The Psychiatry and Behavioral Health Learning Network has assembled a panel of experts from the region to discuss the implications of the recent increase in stimulants. Join us and share your thoughts as we work together to address this alarming problem in our community.
Upon attending this session, participants will be able to:
- Explore cultural and socioeconomic factors leading to increased stimulant abuse in Western states such as Arizona
- Discuss treatment challenges related to concurrent use of stimulants and opioids
- Review resources available to help providers address stimulant abuse and misuse among their patients