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Drug User Health: Promoting Health and Reducing Harm in Medical Settings

October 18, 2017

Provided by Allegheny Health Network, This exciting one day conference will focus on engaging and retaining persons who use drugs and other substances in health care from primary care to the emergency department to the inpatient units in our hospitals.

Substance users and persons with substance use disorders are often stigmatized and poorly understood by many health care providers. This leads to missed opportunities for not only better management of substance related harms but also better management of other chronic diseases and health promotion activities. This stigma and misunderstanding often leads to increased health spending and poor outcomes for substance users that could be avoided. The conference will feature not only new ways of engaging drug users in health care but also new ways for health care providers and substance use treatment providers to think about addiction so they are better prepared to provide hiSTD 10.18gh quality health care in a humane and compassionate way.

The current opioid epidemic and the astounding growth in the numbers of person dying from opiate overdose present an urgent and compelling reason to better understand and care for persons who use drugs and alcohol, regardless of whether it is in the context of abuse or social and recreational use.
This conference is intended for medical providers, primary care physicians, emergency department clinicians, social works, nurses, drug treatment providers, and EMS/first responders. This is a knowledge- based activity.

The online brochure will be available soon at www.aghcme.org. For additional information, please contact the CME office by
phone at 412-359-4952 or by e-mail to julia.ryan@ahn.org


October 18, 2017
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Allegheny County Health Department


Allegheny General Hospital – Magovern Auditorium

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