Amidst the Opioid Crisis: Best Practices for SMVF Resilience, Treatment, and Recovery
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 | 2:00 PM — 3:00 PM EST
Compared with the general population, service members, veterans, and their families (SMVF) are at a greater risk of misusing opioids and unintentionally overdosing. Combat-related injuries resulting in chronic pain, sleep disorders, mental health problems, and co-occurring conditions all play a role in this trend. This increased risk requires a dedicated focus on this population and a concerted effort to implement evidence-based practices.
SAMHSA is working with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the U.S. Department of Defense, and other interagency partners to advance strategies to combat the opioid crisis among SMVF. This webinar will feature comprehensive evidence-based solutions, including medication-assisted treatment and recovery approaches. This webinar will also highlight the steps the VA has taken to address one of its greatest challenges – chronic pain and overprescribing. This webinar will not only review the nature and cause of the problem, but will also provide strategies designed to enhance statewide approaches and improve military and civilian behavioral health system responses to the opioid crisis.
SAMHSA Service Members, Veterans, and their Families Technical Assistance (SMVF TA) Center
Phone: 518-439-7415 Ext. 5258