University at Albany School of Public Health’s Center for Public Health Continuing Education will host a free, live webcast, Combatting the Opioid Crisis: Addressing Stigma Experienced by People Who Use Drugs, Thursday, November 15, 2018, from 9 am to 10 am EDT. The broadcast will feature Allan Clear, Director, AIDS Institute’s Office of Drug User Health, New York State Department of Health. The high level of stigma often experienced by People Who Use Drugs (PWUD) prevents many from maximizing the benefit from programs seeking to mitigate the effects of drug use nor succeed in drug treatment. The New York State Office of Drug User Health has used harm reduction and anti-stigma approaches to reduce the level of harm associated with substance use. These approaches promote acceptance and focus on reducing stigma and adverse consequences of drug use. This webcast will provide an overview of how stigma negatively affects PWUD and provide strategies for reducing stigma as key strategy for addressing the opioid crisis.
Click here to learn more and to register for the webcast. (link — http://www.albany.edu/sph/cphce/phl_1118.shtml)