Two New Substance Addiction Trainings – Now Live

The Local Public Health Institute of Massachusetts is proud to have recently released two new Bureau of Substance Addiction Services (BSAS) trainings now on our learning management system.

Opioid Epidemic and Substance Use Disorder : A Primer for Massachusetts Boards of Health

Opioid use has impacted virtually every aspect of life in our communities. Opioid overdoses have increased significantly in Massachusetts over the past two decades. In fact, since 2000, opioid‐related deaths in Massachusetts have increased 350%. Local boards of health (LBOH) are the local public health authority responsible for health promotion and disease prevention and need to be informed about substance use disorder (SUD) and, specifically, the opioid epidemic. With this information they can be involved and connected with community efforts to end the crisis.

What you’ll learn

After completing this training, you will be able to:

  • Relate the LBOH response to the opioid epidemic to the 10 Essential Public Health Services
  • Summarize the scope of the opioid epidemic in Massachusetts and its population health impacts
  • Explain what opioid addiction is and how it may be addressed
  • Describe four guiding principles for the design and implementation of any effective overdose prevention strategy
  • List three evidence-based strategies for preventing opioid overdose


 

Opioid Epidemic and Substance Use Disorder : Local Public Health in Action

Opioid use has impacted virtually every aspect of life in our communities. Opioid overdoses have increased significantly in Massachusetts over the past two decades. In fact, since 2000, opioid‐related deaths in Massachusetts have increased 350%. Since they are the authority responsible for health promotion and disease prevention, local boards of health (LBOH) need to be involved in their community’s efforts to address the epidemic. They should also be connected with community partners and coalitions to actively engage in prevention and treatment efforts.

What you’ll learn

After completing this training, you will be able to:

  • Discuss the intersection of public health and the opioid epidemic
  • Detail the role of coalitions in addressing the opioid epidemic
  • List two ways housing and substance use overlap
  • Explain how the tenancy preservation program (TPP) is a resource for substance use related housing issues
  • Identify certified sober housing programs
  • Describe substance use in the context of the stages of change model
  • Give examples of LBOH involvement with community partners and coalitions to actively engage in prevention and treatment efforts