Opioid and heroin abuse has become a public health crisis across the United States. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, 12.5 million Americans abused prescription opioids in 2015 alone. Last year, the opioid epidemic was declared a public health emergency in Virginia. More than 1,250 Virginians will die of a drug overdose this year, with an average of three overdose deaths every day. The Virginia Nurses Association (VNA) is committed to providing nurses with the resources they need to help combat this public health crisis.
VNA is planning an Opioid Conference for April 20, 2018. It will take place during our 2018 Spring Conference, to be held at the Place at Innsbrook in Glen Allen, VA, and is designed to give Virginia nurses the tools to prevent, treat, and manage opioid addiction. Programming includes an update from the Virginia Office of the Secretary of Health and Human Resources on the work our state is doing to address the epidemic, and the work that will need to be done in the future.
Attendees will also learn about the work of the Virginia Action Coalition’s (VAC) Access to Care Workgroup on Chronic Pain Management focused on the CDC’s 12 Recommendations for Chronic Pain Management, developing and implementing alternative pain management strategies, and the community health implications of naloxone’s availability at local pharmacies.
Our conference is being planned with nurses at all levels of practice in mind. Since each region is experiencing the crisis differently, we’ll be highlighting best practices for treating opioid addiction across the state. You will have access to resources to help support you in identifying and addressing opioid addiction, as well as providing mental health support to patients struggling with addiction.
We hope you’ll join us for VNA’s Opioid Conference on April 20, 2018. Join our conference mailing list
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