The IUP Mid-Atlantic Research and Training Institute for
Community and Behavioral Health (MARTI-CBH) is proud to be cosponsoring “Drug User
Health: Promoting Health and Reducing Harm in Medical Settings” with Allegheny
Health Network at Allegheny General Hospital on October 18, 2017.
We see it as a way to begin to bring the medical/healthcare
provider into the room with the patients who use substances to work more
collaboratively toward a healthier life including recovery.
This exciting, one-day conference will focus on engaging and
retaining persons who use drugs and other substances in health care from
primary care to the emergency department to the inpatient units in our
Substance users and persons with substance use disorders are often
stigmatized and poorly understood by many health care providers. This leads to
missed opportunities for not only better management of substance related harms
but also better management of other chronic diseases and health promotion activities. This stigma and misunderstanding often leads to increased health spending and
poor outcomes for substance users, which could be avoided.
The conference will
feature not only new ways of engaging drug users in health care but also new
ways for health care providers and substance-use treatment providers to think
about addiction so they are better prepared to provide high quality health care
in a humane and compassionate way.
The current opioid epidemic and the
astounding growth in the numbers of person dying from opiate overdose present
an urgent and compelling reason to better understand and care for persons who
use drugs and alcohol, regardless of whether it is in the context of abuse or
social and recreational use.
This conference is intended for medical providers,
primary care physicians, emergency department clinicians, social works, nurses,
drug treatment providers, and EMS/first responders. This is a knowledge-based
Please spread the word! We have tried to keep this
conference inexpensive and accessible to all.