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Like A Child, I'm Always Learning
John McAndrew. Singer, Storyteller, Observer of LifeHis performance, storytelling, and videos, make for an incredible evening. He takes us on a Spiritual and Musical Journey, talking and singing about his experiences in this life. From the Darkness to the Light…It is about Healing, Recovery, Transformation, and finding Love. Then he sprinkles in some humor, a little jazz, and a little blues. John's honest emotions leave the audience exhilarated. His life and his music connect all of us. He will have you laughing, crying, stomping your feet and clapping your hands.
"Recovery is not just learned through words.
Opioid Overdose—an American Epidemic
Kirk Moberg, MD, PhD, FACPE, Peoria, IllinoisDrug overdose has exceeded a rate of 38,000 per year which has now surpassed the number of motor vehicle accidents and is the number one causes of accidental death in the United States. This has resulted in the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) labeling it an epidemic. What is both interesting and frightening is that prescription opioids are the primary reason for this increase. Prescription overdoses now outnumber those for heroin and cocaine combined. This is not surprising given the marked increase in opioids prescribed for pain the last 10 years and considering the disease burden of addiction (15.9% when including nicotine).
An effective intervention that is taking hold in various parts of the country to reduce the number of deaths is naloxone distribution programs. Naloxone is an effective opioid antagonist. It is considered the standard of care in the medical profession to address serious opioid overdoses. Naloxone distribution programs are designed to make naloxone available to lay people who are much more likely to be present when an overdose occurs.
Participants in this presentation will benefit by
1. Being exposed to the magnitude of the problem of opioid overdose throughout the country.
2. An understanding of the mechanics of a naloxone distribution program.
3. Being familiar with the current state of the literature with regards to these programs.
TUESDAY: Speaker 1
Challenges and Opportunities for Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Professionals: Behavioral Health as Public Health in an Era of Health Reform
Pam Hyde, Administrator, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Administrator Hyde will discuss the current drivers of change in the behavioral health field including behavioral health's role in public health; implementation of the Affordable Care Act; and emerging issues facing the behavioral health workforce. She will explore ways to strengthen partnerships and address the evolving role of providers with regard to new opportunities for behavioral health in health care.
TUESDAY: Speaker 2
Emerging Drug Abuse Trends:
Story Time, Coming Home, Journey With Me: The Lives of Healers and Heroes, Did They Make It Home?
Lt. Colonel (ret.) Cynthia Rasmussen, RN, MSN, CANP, Minneapolis Minnesota
Hear the stories of three members who served honorably with an open discussion about their journeys home, or not, and what could have or should have, been different, and what makes one resilient.
Are You Winning or Losing the Battle vs. Alcohol/Drug Abuse
Larry VanDusen, (Ret.) Football Coach
It happened to me. I was a college football coach for 11 years when alcohol and alcoholism blind-sided me. I lost everything and never saw it coming. Recovery found me in 1975 and I was given a chance to again go into college football coaching. I retired as a sober coach in 2002. Listen and learn what I did about losing, then winning, the battles with alcoholism.