Families and Family-Run Organizations Responding to the Opioid Epidemic


Thursday, March 22, 2018 | 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm EST


Opioid addiction among Americans under the age of 25 has skyrocketed nearly six fold between 2001 and 2014. The rate of prescription drug abuse among young adults aged 18 to 25 has increased to its highest rates of 10-15% in 2015. Yet only 1 in 4 youth and young adults with SUD receive recommended treatment medication despite having good health insurance.

March’s Learning Community for Family Leaders will highlight the work of two family-run organizations addressing the opioid crisis. The Maryland Coalition of Families utilized a family-driven process and developed a specialized parent peer support program for families whose youth and young adults experience substance use disorders. Trish Todd, the Program Manager, will share how this specialized approach to peer support is making a positive impact on access to treatment, reduction in stigma, and recovery for youth, young adults and families. Shannon Crossbear, co-chair of the National Family Dialogue for Youth with Substance Use Disorders, will share a peer support training model, CRAFT (Community Reinforcement and Family Training). The training model can complement other forms of parent peer support and provide additional opportunities for family-run organizations as they develop strategies to meet the growing epidemic of youth, young adults and families affected by substance use disorders.

Register now with the SAMHSA's TA Network!