Partnership for a drug-free webinar in New Jersey to examine the impact of stigma on the opioid crisis

PDFNJ and New Jersey The Attorney General’s Office will host 4and 2022 Webinar

MILLBURN, NJ, April 25, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — As the opioid epidemic continues to ravage the country, stigma remains a major barrier to treatment, recovery, and redesigning approaches to addressing the crisis. Experts will discuss how stigma affects efforts to tackle the opioid epidemic and strategies to reduce its impact in the next chapter of the Knock Out Opioid Abuse Day learning series, presented by the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey (PDFNJ) and the Office of the New Jersey Substance Abuse Response and Enforcement Strategy Coordinator (NJ CARES), which is responsible for overseeing substance abuse efforts across the office of the Attorney General of New Jersey. The event is organized in collaboration with the Opioid Education Foundation of America.

The webinar, “Combating the Stigma of Opioid Addiction,” will take place at 11 a.m. Thursday April 28in collaboration with Fairleigh Dickinson University. The presentation will feature Dr. Emily Einstein the National Institute on Drug Abuse; dr. Edouard Coupet of Yale School of Medicine; and Celina LevyExecutive Director of the Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Addiction (GCADA).

“The stigma of addiction is a detrimental barrier to helping people with substance use disorders and addressing the broader opioid epidemic,” said the executive director of the PDFNJ. Angelo Valente mentioned. “We hope this webinar will provide audiences with a better understanding of not only the science behind addiction, but also how attitudes and language choice can make a difference in dealing with this crisis.”

This webinar will be the fourth of the 2022 Opioid Abuse Day Learning Series.

The series is an offshoot of Knock Out Opioid Abuse Day, which took place at New Jersey on October 6 every year since 2016. The statewide day-long initiative is hosted by PDFNJ and the Community Coalition for a Safe & Healthy Morris, in cooperation with the New York Division of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. Jersey and the GCADA. The goal of the day is to engage the prevention and treatment communities, community leaders and concerned citizens to raise awareness of the potential for addiction to prescribed painkillers, as well as their connection to heroin and fentanyl use. in the state.

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