Opioid addiction is a problem with far reaching costs to individuals, families, communities, and to society. These costs include exposure to AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases, hepatitis, and tuberculosis; legal problems, including incarceration; financial catastrophes leading to poverty, homelessness, and hunger; and loss of health, family, job, and even life. According to the American Society for Addiction Medicine, drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the United States, with 52,404 lethal drug overdoses in 2015. Opioid addiction is driving this epidemic, with 20,101 overdose deaths related to prescription pain relievers, and 12,990 overdose deaths related to heroin in 2015. The goal the Effective Use of Medication Assisted Treatment in an Opioid Dependent Population Workshop is to provide the clinical and administrative staff of opioid treatment programs with up-to-date information and guidance in the treatment of opioid use disorders, including the effective use of the currently approved medications, such as methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone.
The primary audience for this workshop consists of physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, counselors, social workers, program administrators, state staff, pharmacists, and federal officials.