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Opioids and Addiction in Our Communities: Workshop and Panel Discussion

Thursday, March 26 at 2:30am to 6:30am

Bowen-Thompson Student Union
Bowen-Thompson Student Union 1001 E Wooster St , Bowling Green, OH 43402

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In anticipation of the upcoming visit from author and BGSU alumna, Beth Macy, on April 9th, the College of Education and Human Development is hosting a series of workshops and a panel discussion to gain a better understanding of opioids in our community and the devastation they cause. 

Contact Lisa Lawson at 419.372.1398 or llawso@bgsu.edu with any questions. 

An instant New York Times bestseller, Dopesick is the only book to tell the full story of the opioid crisis, from the boardroom to the courtroom and into the living rooms of Americans struggling to save themselves and their families: "masterfully interlaces stories of communities in crisis with dark histories of corporate greed and regulatory indifference" from a journalist who has lived through it (New York Times).

Our sessions and panelists include: 
Learn how to save a life: NARCAN  Nasal Spray Training    
In this session, participants will learn signs of an opiate overdose, how administer NARCAN nasal spray, and what to do afterward. A free NARCAN nasal spray kit will be given to participants that complete the session.

Behavioral and Substance Based Addictions and the Road to Recover    
While it is easy to understand the nature of substance-based addictions such as alcohol or heroin, it can be more difficult to accept behavior-based (process) addictions.  This presentation will discuss the interrelationship between both types of addiction through the lens of the presenter’s personal recovery.  Gambling Disorder is the first behavior-based addiction to be listed in the DSM-5, but it may not be the last.  This presentation will describe how behavior-based addiction is the trap that holds people in substance-based addiction. 

Seniors and Opioids… What YOU Need to Know    
During the last few decades, doctors have prescribed more opioid pain medications to older patients to address chronic pain from back/hip/knee pain, arthritis, cancer, and other ailments. This long-term use puts older patients at an increased risk of developing opioid misuse.  

Hidden in Plain Sight    
Hidden in Plain Sight is a mobile roadshow which includes a mock set-up of a youth bedroom where adult participants are engaged and challenged to find clues that may indicate drug use. This program is made possible by the Hancock Leadership class of 2018 who chose Hidden in Plain Sight as their class project. Since the program was started in April of 2018, over 2,000 adults have engaged in the interactive display. At the end of the program, adults will increase their ability to prevent future drug use. 

Historical Perspectives of Addiction    
In Historical Perspectives of Addiction, a review will be completed of how history has informed our views and approaches to addressing drugs and those who use them within our society. Additionally, a discussion will occur of different ways society can move forward to promote change within society. 

Panelist only (no session presentation)                
Tiffany Pottkotter     Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner    ProMedica
Kristin Weymer    Family Support Supervisor    Wood County Children Services    
Jeff Dever        Principal            Bowling Green High School

2:30-3:00 Registration and Networking – Light Refreshments Provided (Outside Theater) 
3:00-3:20 Welcome (By Dean Shinew & others) (BTSU Theater)
3:30-4:20 Session One (Rooms 306, 307, 309, 314, 315, 316)
4:30-5:20 Session Two (Rooms 306, 307, 309, 314, 315, 316)
5:30-6:30 Panel Discussion (BTSU Theater)


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