The Opioid Crisis and the African American Population

$5.00 | CE Hours:1.00 | Beginning

IAODAPCA CE Credit for Counselor I or II, Preventionist I or II, CARS I or II, CODP I or II, PCGC II, CCJP II, CAAP I, CRSS I or II, CPRS I or II, MAATP I or II, CFPP II, CVSS II

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Course Description

The current opioid epidemic is one of the largest drug epidemics recorded in U.S. history. In 2017, the opioid epidemic in the U.S. has declared a national public health emergency due to the amount of related overdose deaths involving opioids and the increasing number of individuals with an opioid use disorder (OUD). As a result, health care professionals should be familiar with information related to the current opioid epidemic and how it relates to minority populations such as Black/African Americans. With that in mind, this course reviews the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' brief, entitled The Opioid Crisis and the Population: An Urgent Issue, to build awareness among health care professionals and to promote the administration of safe and effective health care to patients in need.

Author:  Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), SAMHSA’s Office of Behavioral Health Equity. Victoria Chau, MPH, Ph.D., lead author.
Recommended Citation: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: The Opioid Crisis and the Black/African American Population: An Urgent Issue. Publication No. PEP20-05-02-001. Office of Behavioral Health Equity. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2020.
References/Contributions by: 
  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Opioid overdose [Internet]. Atlanta, GA: CDC National Center for Injury Prevention and Control [updated 2018 Dec 19; cited 2019 Dec 12]. Available from: drugoverdose/epidemic/index.html 
  2. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Reports and detailed tables from the 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). [internet]. Rockville, MD: SAMHSA Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality; 2019 Aug 20 [cited 2019 Dec 12]. Available from: 
  3. Scholl L, Seth P, Kariisa M, Wilson N, Baldwin G. Drug and opioid-involved overdose deaths—United States, 2013–2017. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report 67(5152):1419. [internet]. Atlanta, GA: Center for Disease Control and Prevention; 2019 Jan 4 [cited 2019 Dec 12]. 

Course Objectives

  1. Evaluate recent data on the prevalence of opioid misuse and opioid overdose death rates in the Black/African American population within the U.S.
  2. Describe contextual factors that impact the opioid epidemic in Black/African American communities, including challenges to accessing early intervention and treatment.
  3. Examine medication-assisted treatment (MAT) and related medications.
  4. Identify innovative outreach and engagement strategies that have the potential to connect individuals with evidence-based prevention, treatment, and recovery. 
  5. Recognize specific programs related to the current opioid epidemic

CE Outline with Main Points

  1. Introduction
  2. Opioids in Black/African American Communities: Context 
  3. Strategies to Address Opioid Misuse and OUD in Black/African American Communities
  4. Moving Forward 
  5. Resources
  6. References


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