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JBS Sponsors the 2020 Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit

April 24, 2020

JBS International proudly sponsored the 2020 Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit and presented on three timely issues related to the opioid crisis: effective and sustainable community responses, substance misuse among older adults, and quick response teams that connect overdose survivors to healthcare and social services. Presentations are available for download.

Originally scheduled to take place in mid-April in Nashville, TN, this year’s Summit was converted to a virtual experience due to stay-at-home orders related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The virtual Summit was held April 14-16, 2020.

Aldrenna Williams, DrPH and Andrew Bell presented a JBS vision session titled, “Getting It Right: Principles of Impactful and Sustainable Community Responses to Substance Use Crises” that focused on an approach that can empower organizations and communities to respond more effectively to the current opioid crisis and offer a map for subsequent crises. Learn more about this approach, multisectoral collaborations, and what “nothing about us without us” really means in their presentation.

Elisha Figueroa, LMSW, CPS and Angie Jones, MSSW, presented, “The Emerging Public Health Crisis: Opioids and Other Substance Misuse Among Older Adults.”

“Although prevention professionals have traditionally focused on youth and the parents of youth due to life changes they are experiencing, a focus on the older adult population is also vital,” said Elisha Figueroa. “Older adults are experiencing major life transitions such as retirement, children who have moved away, emerging or increasing chronic health conditions, deaths of friends and other family members, perhaps a move to a downsized home or an older adult community, and others. These stressful life events can increase social isolation, depression and the misuse of alcohol and other drugs.”

Angie Jones added, “Eighty percent of older adults ages 65 and older live with multiple chronic conditions, such as diabetes or high blood pressure, which means they have access to prescription medications over long periods of time. Misuse of alcohol and prescription drugs can complicate the management of these chronic conditions.”

Another JBS expert, Robert Childs, MPH, presented on “Quick Response Teams: An Innovative Strategy for Connecting Overdose Survivors to Healthcare and Social Services” and cited a study from The BMJ that noted, “Distribution of Naloxone (a non-addictive prescription medication that reverses opioid overdose) is associated with up to a 50% drop in OD fatalities.”

Childs also shared components of North Carolina’s Post-Overdose Response Team (PORT) led by a paramedic and/or a harm reduction/peer specialist. The goal of the PORT is to prevent repeat overdose and connect to harm reduction, care, treatment and recovery supports, including housing or employment. He stressed the importance of forming a meaningful connection with persons with lived experience or in recovery and other harm reduction specialists. In North Carolina, the PORT follows up within 72 hours with patients who survive overdose.

New resources are available on the JBS Opioid Epidemic page, such as guidance from JBS subject matter experts on meeting the needs of people with substance use disorder during the COVID-19 pandemic, a new brochure about our opioid use disorder work, a brochure about our child welfare work, a poster about the impact JBS is making in 200 rural counties, and more.

For additional information, contact us at info@jbsinternational.com.

  • Vision Session: Getting It Right: Principles of Impactful and Sustainable Community Responses to Substance Use Crises
  • The Emerging Public Health Crisis: Opioids and Other Substance Misuse Among Older Adults
  • Quick Response Teams: An Innovative Strategy for Connecting Overdose Survivors to Healthcare and Social Services

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