There is much attention currently being given to the “opiate crisis,” how it developed and how it is being managed by the medical community. This presentation will provide some overview on the history of this problem and how it is being addressed by medical education and in clinical practice. We have more than just an opiate crisis and there are many other substance related problems faced by primary care physicians. It is important that clinicians in the community feel comfortable working with the medical community in providing successful integrated care for our clients.
Participants will be able to:
- Participants will become acquainted with the opiate problem from a physician perspective on history and current action
- Participants will learn about the medical community’s response to the problem
- Participants will become familiar with better ways to work with community primary care providers and how that connection can provide better outcomes
Due to extraordinary demand, we have closed registration for this event.
About the Speaker
Dr. Martha Early is Assistant Professor in the Department of Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, VA where she is the Director, Behavioral Medicine Division. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist with over 20 years in the field of mental health and substance abuse treatment and has worked in inpatient, outpatient and intensive outpatient settings. She received her Master of Social Work degree from East Carolina University, Greenville, NC, and her PhD in Higher Education from Old Dominion University, in Norfolk, VA. Dr. Early is adjunct faculty in the School of Social Work at East Carolina University and in the Department of Health Science and Human Services at Old Dominion University.