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Emerging Global Drug Threats: Research You Can Use to Understand and Address Them
We’re in the midst of a polydrug use epidemic where one or another drug catches our attention, but the bigger and more pervasive problems often go unnoticed. Concurrent major depression, anhedonia, despair, and a general feeling that life isn’t worth living seems to account for many of the overdoses that we thought were accidental. New methods in preparing and cutting cocaine that caused severe, chronic public health problems in parts of Latin America over the last decade are now appearing in the U.S. We’ll talk about current drug problems and put them in historical context. We’ll address psychiatric and psychological antecedents and causes which often go undiagnosed/untreated as well as psychostimulants such as cocaine and methamphetamine, and other drug use where MATs are unavailable.
At the end of this session, participants will be able to:
1) Review the current state of the opioid use and drug use crisis as well as the MATs in use: their promise, limitations, and potential.
2) Review the importance of behavioral health, trauma, and depression in addiction genesis and outcomes.
3) Have a more comprehensive understanding of underlying and hidden contributors to the opioid and stimulant epidemics.