Heroin & Other Illicit Drugs
Faced with rising numbers of overdose deaths and other health consequences from heroin, fentanyl, stimulants, and other illicit drugs, city and county health departments can implement innovative and comprehensive strategies tailored to local epidemiology. In this presentation, the Seattle and King County Public Health Director and the New York City Health Department Assistant Commissioner for Drugs and Alcohol will discuss their city-specific overdose epidemiology, planning and cross-sector collaboration, implementation of a comprehensive response to the overdose epidemic, and evaluation of new initiatives. Highlighted strategies will include: using surveillance data to inform action, expanding the continuum of care through improved access to medications for addiction treatment, harm reduction and recovery supports, expanding overdose rescue/naloxone distribution; emergency-department based responses to nonfatal overdose, developing the peer workforce, new approaches to prevention, and collaboration across sectors and across levels of government including law enforcement, social services, and health care at federal, state, and local levels. The presenters will discuss city-specific barriers, opportunities, and lessons learned from their jurisdictions.
This session is accredited for the following accreditation types: CME, CNE, CPE, APA, AAFP, AAHCPAD*, NAADAC*, ASWB*
*State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit.