Opioids in Minnesota: 2017 Update
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Children's Home Society
1605 Eustis Street, St. Paul, MN
Prescription opioids, when used as medically directed, can be effective tools in the treatment of pain. But when abused, their use can result in addiction and often a transition to more affordable heroin. This trend has significantly affected Minnesota and its social service professionals as well as first responders, emergency medical and other health professionals, law enforcement officers, school-based counselors, correctional workers, and addiction treatment providers. This fast- paced presentation helps explain the nature of this problem using data from multiple sources. One of Minnesota's foremost drug abuse experts, Carol Falkowski, will describe the scope of this issue, the reasons behind it, its far-reaching consequences, and the steps being taken to address it.
• Describe the nature and extent of prescription opioid use and abuse.
• Explain the transition to heroin addiction.
• Characterize components of this rising trend, the emerging population of at-risk users, and various policy responses.
• Explain the addiction process and the elements of effective opioid treatment
Carol Falkowski, CEO and Founder of Drug Abuse Dialogues
Carol Falkowski has been articulate voice in the national drug abuse arena for more than three decades. She is author of the reference book, Dangerous Drugs. Since 1986 Falkowski has been part of an ongoing nationwide epidemiological drug abuse surveillance network of the National Institute on Drug Abuse. As director of the Minnesota State alcohol and drug abuse agency, she oversaw the administration of public funds for prevention, treatment and recovery services in Minnesota. Former director of research communications at the Hazelden Foundation, Falkowski has delivered workshops on drug abuse to professional and community audiences throughout the country, and delivered expert testimony to numerous legislative bodies.
Half- Day Workshops (Early Bird Rate/ Regular Rate)
__ $55/ $65 Regular Member
__ $45/ $55 BSW Member
__ $40/ $50 Student/Retired/Unemployed Member
__ $75/ $85 Non-Member
__ $65/ $75 Retired/Unemployed Non-Member