The event on “Opioid and HIV in Los Angeles: Getting the Word Out to Communities and Providers” took place at St. Anne’s on September 24, 2018 from 9 AM – 12:30 PM. The purpose of this event is to increase awareness and to provide information for service providers, community members and clients about the current opioid crisis and its associated link to HIV. Speakers include Steve Shoptaw, Gary Tsai, Shoshanna Scholar, Michael Marquesen, Jose Salazar, Ayako Miyashita Ochoa, Ward Carpenter, Wendy Garland and more.
The event is to provide training and to increase awareness among clinical providers (RNs, MDs), HIV service providers, mental health specialists (MFTs, LCSW), substance abuse counselors, case managers, and community advocates about the national and local opioid epidemic and its impact on HIV infections. The training will provide attendees with the necessary information and skills needed to engage and to discuss with their clients about the risks of opioid misuse, dangers of fentanyl, and various harm reduction/overdose prevention strategies.
Objectives of this meeting are to: increase participants’ awareness of the national opioid epidemic, its associated HIV risks, and upcoming opioid-related research initiatives; increase participants’ knowledge of the opioid crisis in Los Angeles County and the various county-wide initiatives that are being implemented to address the opioid problem; increase participants’ knowledge regarding medication for addiction treatment programs, fentanyl screening, overdose prevention strategies, and other referral resources.
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Download the agenda, flyer, and the speakers’ biographies below: