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Mental Health & Substance Use Recovery Resources: Let's Talk 2.0 - 2022

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Let's Talk 2.0 Recordings & Slides

Session 1: Drugs...The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Wednesday, September 7, 2022 at 12pm

Speakers: Dr. Leslie Faulkner, DEA; Dr. Orlando Palmer, Pharmacist; Trudy Wickham, LDH-OPH

Drugs (medication) are helpful when used as directed by healthcare professionals such as doctors, nurses, and pharmacists. However, even prescription drugs can be deadly if not used properly, and illicit drugs have greater risks. This session is designed to expand your knowledge of The Good like prescription medication, The Bad like counterfeit drugs, and The Ugly like highly potent synthetic opioids like fentanyl and carfentanil.

Session 2: Stigma Kills - How to Talk to Loved Ones Who Misuse Opioids

Wednesday, September 14, 2022 at 12pm

Speakers: Joi Plain, LCSW, CAHS, Sonya Milliman, CARP, Joshua Hill, EBRPL

What keeps people from treatment…STIGMA. Language is powerful and words we use can reduce the chances of someone struggling with substance use to seeking help. Learn how to check your feelings/attitudes/bias at the door. Learn what to say and what not to say to your loved one who misuse drugs.

Session 3: Too Lit Too Often... Is it Addiction or Just Chillin'?

Wednesday, September 21, 2022 at 12pm

Speakers: Rebecca Chiasson, LA State Police Crime Lab; Dawn Collins, CAHS.

COVID 19 is only one of the many challenges people have experienced over the past 2 years and many are looking for alternatives to dealing with life. Much too often, alcohol and drugs are sort out for a solution. This session will explore how mixing of drugs and alcohol is often the alternative to coping with life issues. Learn how drugs can be ordered as simple as ordering a pizza on the internet and the dark web.

Session 4: Signs of Substance Misuse and How to Save a Life

Wednesday, September 28, 2022 at 12pm

Speakers: Sherrard Crespo & Ricki Davis

Engage in a presentation to learn how traumas experienced earlier in our lives can have a huge impact on whether a person may battle with substance use. Gain and understanding about Adverse Childhood Experiences and how to find your score. You can save a life! Don’t miss this opportunity for a training on Naloxone (opioid overdose reversal medication).

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