Preventing Harm: Addressing and Preventing Opioid Addiction and Overdoses

Originally presented on May 19, 2016

Val White, Deputy Director
HIV, STD, HCV Prevention and Administration, New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute

Steve Hanson, Associate Commissioner
Division of Treatment and Practice Innovation, Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS)

Sharon Stancliff, MD, Medical Director
Harm Reduction Coalition

Opioid and prescription drug addiction and overdose are nationwide public health concerns, particularly for young people. Statistics indicate that 9 out of 10 people with addiction started using substances before they turned 18 years old and that nearly half of young people who inject heroin report abusing prescription pain killers before starting heroin. Between 2005-2014, New York State has documented a 115% increase in heroin treatment admissions in upstate New York and a 116% increase on Long Island.

To combat this epidemic, New York state has a multi-sectoral response that includes legislative actions, such as the 911 Good Samaritan Law to provide legal protection against criminal action for people who seek medical assistance for an overdose, and a 2006 law that makes it legal for non-medical persons to administer Naloxone (Narcan) to prevent opioid/heroin overdose fatalities. Most recently, New York expanded access to naloxone in pharmacies across the state. In addition, county-based coalitions are working with law enforcement, the medical community, schools, businesses, civic agencies and the media to address the problem of heroin and opioid dependency comprehensively.

This webcast will review the scope of the problem of heroin and prescription opioid dependence in New York State and provide an overview of state and local responses to address it.

Learning Objectives
After watching this webcast participants will be able to:

  • Describe the scope of the public health problem of overdose from heroin/prescription opioids;
  • Restate at least three actions that have been used in local community-based responses to opioid dependence in New York State; and
  • Name at least two actions that response personnel can take to link individuals into care and treatment.

To Obtain Continuing Education Credits: 
Each participant interested in CE credits must complete an evaluation and post-test, which is available above under "Evaluation, Post-test & Credits". A score of 80% and above on the post-test will generate a certificate indicating the requested credits.

The planners, moderator, and presenters do not have any financial arrangements or affiliations with any commercial entities whose products, research or services may be discussed in this activity.

No commercial funding has been accepted for this activity.

Continuing Medical Education Credits

The School of Public Health, University at Albany is accredited by the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The School of Public Health, University at Albany designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Continuing Medical Education Credits are offered until May 31, 2019.

Continuing Nurse Education Contact Hours

The University at Albany School of Public Health is an Approved Provider of continuing nurse education by the Northeast Multi-State Division, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This offering is approved for 1 nursing contact hour(s).

Nursing Contact Hours are offered until May 31, 2019.

Certified Health Education Specialist Contact Hours

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Continuing Education Contact Hours are offered until May 31, 2019.