"We are in the midst of an epidemic. We have acknowledged and attempted to mitigate the harms associated with opioids for a decade. Nevertheless, we are seeing alarming rates of opioid related overdoses and opioid related deaths. Over the past decade, more than 6,600 members of our community have died because of opioids, and behind those deaths are thousands of hospital stays, emergency department visits, and unquantifiable human suffering inflicted upon individuals, families and our communities."
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The 46th Annual New England School of Addiction Studies and the 15th Annual School of Prevention Studies
This program will take place at Worcester State University - Worcester, MA - June 8 - 11, 2015.
NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals, is pleased to announce the NAADAC Minority Fellowship Program for Addiction Counselors (NMFP-AC) for master’s students interested in specializing in the addiction/substance use disorder profession and open to working with the needs of racial and ethnic minorities and/or transition age youth post-graduation.
A new editorial in the American Journal of Medicine makes the case for practitioners treating substance use disorders to watch their language, because, as it turns out, words really do matter.
This interactive video featuring American Institutes for Research expert Jeffrey Poirier highlights 10 standards for improving policy and practice for young people who are LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender). This video is intended for all human service systems such as child welfare, education, health, homelessness, juvenile justice, mental health, and substance abuse. Any person can impact change, whether policy makers, program administrators, front-line service providers, family members, youth themselves, or other community members.
The Women’s Addiction Services Leadership Institute (WASLI) is one of several initiatives, supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) that strengthens the capacity to serve women with substance use and co-occurring disorders.
The Careers of Substance website has been upgraded!
Navigation has been streamlined, the look & feel has changed, and functionality has been improved. These upgrades make it easier to find information and to work with colleagues in support of the Massachusetts Substance Use and Addictions workforce.
"Addiction is commonly conceptualized as a personal problem, a family problem, a neighborhood problem, a community problem, and even a social problem. But how might addiction be understood as a social justice problem?"
Dr. Laura Burney Nissen, Dean and Professor at the Portland State University School of Social Work, has an article in the latest issue of ATTC Messenger on this topic.