The Community Overdose Action Team’s (COAT) Prescription Branch is hosting Substance Use Disorder & Recovery: The Emerging Landscape, an educational event for local providers to learn about the collaborations that are taking place in Montgomery County and provide information on effective solutions to combat the drug overdose epidemic. The event will be held Thursday, October 17, 2019 from 5:00 pm to 9:30 pm at Sinclair Community College, Building 12, Charity Earley Auditorium.

The event brings together area physicians, physician assistants, dentists, nurse practitioners, nurses, pharmacists, social workers, chemical dependency counselors, and other professionals for an evening of dialogue, best practice discussion, and an overview of the evolving issues around opioids, pain management, and addiction.

Presenters will dive into their work around substance abuse and recovery in the community and the benefit of collaboration among systems. They will also examine the current landscape of substance use disorders and addictions, the importance of alternatives for pain management, and highlight a program that coordinates care for addicted mothers and their babies.

Drug overdoses have killed 2,587 individuals in Montgomery County since 2010 and created a public health crisis.  “Combatting the problem requires healthcare professionals to collaborate and work directly with other community partners to address the needs not only of those who abuse drugs, but family members as well,” said Barbara Marsh, Assistant to the Health Commissioner, Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County and co-lead of the Community Overdose Action Team. “It is our hope that by working together we can reduce addiction and the number of people dying from drug overdoses.”

The Community Overdose Action Team (COAT) was formed in the fall of 2016 and is made up of over 100 organizations and over 200 community members whose goal is to reduce the number of fatal drug overdoses in Montgomery County. For more information about the COAT visit www.mccoat.org.

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