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Addressing the Opioid Epidemic: What Every Social Worker Needs to Know


Registration deadline: November 30th

3 CEUs

Howard Weissman, MSW, LCSW, CEAP
Retired Executive Director, National Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse – St. Louis Area

St. Louis remains in the grip of the worst drug epidemic in recorded history. Solutions are in short supply, and resources to effect meaningful change are scarce. Law enforcement says we’ll never “arrest our way out” of the problem, and treatment professionals admit we’ll never “treat our way out.” Meanwhile, our friends, children, and neighbors continue to die. Everyone knows someone who’s life has been touched—or taken—by the opioid epidemic.

This workshop will examine a complex problem on many dimensions: historical, public health, public policy, clinical/medical,
and socioeconomic. It will give participants a perspective on how we got to this point, how best to support our clients, co-workers, and friends as they deal with the consequences of this epidemic, and what we can do—as professionals and also as citizens—to help end it. It will provide an overview of what works, what’s likely to work, and what doesn’t work.

Class size is limited to 45.

$50 General Admission
$30 Discounted Admission**
$10 Washington University Full-Time Graduate Students

**Discounted Admission is offered to current Brown School field instructors, Brown School adjunct faculty, recent Brown School graduates (2016-2018), full-time graduate students from other universities, and Washington University faculty and staff.

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