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Thursday, November 30, 2017

The Arizona Opioid Summit 2018

The Arizona Opioid Summit 2018

For more information and to register, visit www.arizonaopioidsummit.com. Visitors to the website can sign up for a complimentary e-newsletter on the opioid crisis in the region.


With the opioid crisis continuing to make headlines, those looking to make a difference will want to put the Arizona Opioid Summit on their calendars. The second annual conference will take place February 14-16, 2018 at the Tempe Mission Palms hotel near ASU.

On January 9 of this year more than 300 stakeholders met to discuss ways to engage treatment providers, law enforcement, and other groups to reduce overdoses and promote recovery. Advocates and professionals will reconvene in February to examine what progress has been made and explore what to do next.

“The second annual AZ Opioid Summit will be an ideal opportunity for stakeholders of all types to convene to share best and promising practices for tackling opioid abuse in our community,” said Doug Edwards, director of the Institute for the Advancement of Behavioral Healthcare, the conference organizer. “I hope people from many different disciplines and perspectives join us to explore ways in which we can make meaningful change and turn the tide of this public health emergency.”

The conference aims to bring together a wide range of attendees to offer a multi-disciplinary perspective. Those who should consider attending are private practice therapists, psychologists, clinicians, counselors, social workers, interventionists, pharmacists, advocates, families of people in recovery and those in recovery, public health and prevention officials, law enforcement, and federal, state, and local officials and lawmakers.

    The Arizona Opioid Summit 2018

With the opioid crisis continuing to make headlines, those looking to make a difference will want to put the Arizona Opioid Summit on their calendars. The second annual conference will take place February 14-16, 2018 at the Tempe Mission Palms hotel near ASU.
On January 9 of this year more than 300 stakeholders met to discuss ways to engage treatment providers, law enforcement, and other groups to reduce overdoses and promote recovery. Advocates and professionals will reconvene in February to examine what progress has been made and explore what to do next.
“The second annual AZ Opioid Summit will be an ideal opportunity for stakeholders of all types to convene to share best and promising practices for tackling opioid abuse in our community,” said Doug Edwards, director of the Institute for the Advancement of Behavioral Healthcare, the conference organizer. “I hope people from many different disciplines and perspectives join us to explore ways in which we can make meaningful change and turn the tide of this public health emergency.”
The conference aims to bring together a wide range of attendees to offer a multi-disciplinary perspective. Those who should consider attending are private practice therapists, psychologists, clinicians, counselors, social workers, interventionists, pharmacists, advocates, families of people in recovery and those in recovery, public health and prevention officials, law enforcement, and federal, state, and local officials and lawmakers.
Day one features presentations designed to educate and empower professionals and advocates to create meaningful change in their communities, which include:
Opioid Public Health Emergency – From Understanding to Action
Solving the Opioid Crisis Through Integration of Behavioral and Medical: The Trauma-Pain Connection
•Offering Choices for Treatment: An Examination of Medication Assisted Treatment Options and Personal Stories of Hope and Recovery
The Opioid Epidemic’s Impact on the Most Vulnerable 
Pharmacists, Prescribers, Hospitals, Healthcare Providers: New Advances in Working Together
How Kindness, Compassion, and One BIG Question Saved a Man’s Life
Turning up the HEAT – Heroin Enforcement Action Teams Make an Impact
Imposters on the Street – An Investigative Look at What’s Being Sold as Opioids and many more.

Speakers include Douglas W. Coleman of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration; Shana Malone of the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System; and Haley Coles of Sonoran Prevention Works. Day one registration is limited to residents of Arizona for $45.
New in 2018, the conference is offering two additional days of educational sessions for clinical professionals for an additional fee. February 15 and 16 clinical experts will provide intermediate — to advanced-level training on treating opioid addiction and related disorders. An optional evening presentation will offer ethics training for clinical professionals.

Registration for the following days are open to everyone regardless of their state of residence, and continuing education credits are available.

Among the speakers will be internationally recognized author and trainer Claudia Black, PhD, who will explore Addiction and Trauma: How Clinicians Can Effectively Address Complex Cases Presenting in Young Adults. Mel Pohl, MD, DFASAM, will discuss Pain and Addiction: The Clinician’s Role in Treating Complex Co-Occurring Disorders. John Briere, PhD, will review Managing Countertransference: Key Strategies for Therapists During the Opioid Epidemic.

The conference is being organized by the Institute for the Advancement of Behavioral Healthcare, the largest media and events producer in the behavioral healthcare field. The Institute produces, among other events, the National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit.

The Institute’s educational advisors for the Arizona conference include the Arizona High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (Arizona HIDTA), the U.S. Justice Department Drug Enforcement Administration, MATFORCE, Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, Arizona Department of Health Services, Arizona Pharmacy Board, Community Medical Services, Sonoran Prevention Works, and U.S. Attorney's Office.

For more information and to register, visit www.arizonaopioidsummit.com. Visitors to the website can sign up for a complimentary e-newsletter on the opioid crisis in the region.