Substance Use Services - Community Outreach

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Published on March 28, 2017

Substance Use Services

Community Outreach

Concord Hospital Substance Use Services caregivers are helping save lives. They often hear first-hand from residents who might have died if someone hadn’t administered Naloxone, a medication that temporarily reverses the effects of an opioid overdose.

In 2016, Substance Use Services (SUS) reached out to health system staff and community partners to train professionals and educate the public about drug and alcohol misuse and the growing opioid crisis. A key goal was to promote awareness and the use of Naloxone.

SUS connected with community partners, including Families Without Shame and Capital Area Public Health Network, to offer information about opioid addiction and support resources and to present training on obtaining and administering Naloxone.

Nearly 25 health professionals attended a Naloxone training session at Concord Hospital. A second session directed at community members included a panel discussion and resource tables to address addiction. At another community event at Rollins Park, Concord Hospital’s SUS director assisted in training more than 400 community members who were affected by the opioid epidemic. She also conducted Naloxone training for professional staff members who work closely with patients affected by substance misuse.

In addition, in partnership with Stars Program and Families Without Shame, SUS hosted a ‘Restore Your Spirit Day’ for family members affected by a loved one’s disease or addiction.