North Central Health Care Holding Education Summit To Address Prescription Medication Abuse In Our Communities

Thursday, February 25, 2016
7:30 am Breakfast/Registration | 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Northcentral Technical College – Center for Health Sciences • Wausau

$35 Registration fee includes continental breakfast, lunch, materials and up to 5 hours of CEU credit.

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North Central Health Care Winter 2016 Education Summit is part of the Strategic Prevention Framework – Partnership for Success II, a grant that focuses on reducing prescription drug abuse. In collaboration with local area community resources, North Central Health Care is pleased to offer a full day of educational opportunities concerning Prescription Medication Abuse in Our Communities.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has classified prescription drug abuse as an epidemic. While there has been a marked decrease in the use of some illegal drugs like cocaine, data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) show that nearly one-third of people aged 12 and over who used drugs for the first time began by using a prescription drug non-medically. Some individuals who misuse prescription drugs, particularly teens, believe these substances are safer than illicit drugs because they are prescribed by a healthcare professional and dispensed by a pharmacist. Addressing the prescription drug abuse epidemic is not only a top priority for public health, it will also help build stronger communities and allow those with substance abuse disorders to lead healthier, more productive lives.

Breakout Sessions Include:

  • Basic Drug Identification
  • The Wisconsin Prescription Drug Monitoring Program
  • Red Flags for Pharmacists and Prescribers
  • Youth Risk Behavior Findings for Marathon, Langlade & Lincoln Counties
  • Recognizing Prescription Medications, Usual Uses & Dosages
  • What Physicians and Patients Can Understand and Do
  • The Power of Education in Health Care & Mental Health Communities
  • Understanding the Use and Purpose of the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program
  • Narcotics and Signs of Use
  • Available Recovery & Other Services in the Area
  • Understanding Pain and Alternatives to Opiate Medications
  • What Communities Can Do to Reduce the Burden of Prescription Drug Abuse

Who Should Attend?

Law Enforcement, Probation Parole, Mental/Behavioral Health Professionals, Health Care Professionals – Nurses, ER, Doctors, EMTs, Public Health – Visiting Nurses, Social Services, Case Managers, Teachers/School Administration, Medical/Mental Health Students, Judges/Attorneys, Pharmacists, and anyone who is concerned about drug abuse in our communities.

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