Law Enforcement & Corrections
This session will present a statewide model to reduce opioid overdose deaths, increase opioid education, and reduce stigma from opioid use disorder. StandUp MS is a collaboration of seven state and federal agencies including the Mississippi Department of Mental Health, Department of Public Safety, Board of Pharmacy, Bureau of Narcotics, Department of Human Services, Federal Bureau of Investigations, and U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency. The primary goals of this comprehensive effort are to: (1) improve public perception of people dealing with substance use disorder; (2) strengthen policies for prevention and treatment; and (3) promote statewide partnerships to combat the opioid crisis in Mississippi.
Representatives of StandUp MS will outline their three primary strategies: (1) hosting Opioid Town Hall Meetings to educate Mississippians about national and state-level opioid statistics, treatment options available, naloxone availability, community coalition building, and stigma reduction; (2) designing a train-the-trainer approach to train almost 6,000 law enforcement officers and first responders statewide and supply more than 10,000 doses of naloxone purchased with Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration State Targeted Response grant funds; and (3) creating a comprehensive opioid website including prescribing guidelines, prescription drug monitoring program data, prescription drop box locations, interactive treatment locator map, and personal recovery stories aimed at reducing stigma. Presenters will deliver their formal Opioid Town Hall presentation, which can be replicated easily by other states seeking to build a multi-agency collaboration to fight the opioid epidemic.
This session is accredited for the following accreditation types: CME, CNE, CPE, APA, AAFP, AAHCPAD*, NAADAC*, ASWB,* GA Bar, GA POST.
*State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit.