Opioid Use Disorder in the Black Community: Expert Panel Discussion
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Friday, December 11, 2020 @ 12-1:30pm ET (11CT/10MT/9PT)
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Racial bias rarely protects communities of color. However, it has been noted that in the early years of the opioid epidemic, African-Americans were prescribed opioids far less often than white Americans. Researchers in the addiction profession have noted for decades that opioids were aggressively marketed in white rural areas, yet in African-American communities, prescriptions for opioids were much lower. What was the basis for this difference in prescription practices? Many scientists believe that racial biases, whether explicit or implicit, can explain the difference in care and the reason that the African-American community had lower mortality rates due to the opioid epidemic than their white counterparts. This panel will discuss some of the related research findings and the implications for BIPOC clients, as well as for our healthcare system.
- Summarize the discrepancies in opioid prescription practices between African-American communities and white Americans.
- Describe the racial biases that may explain the differences in opioid prescription practices.
- Explain the implications of racial biases in healthcare on BIPOC, as well as on our healthcare system.
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Sherrá Watkins, PhD, LCMHC-S, LCAS, CRC, CCS, BC-TMH, is the Director of Wellness Counseling and Assistant Professor in the Department of Behavioral Sciences at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. She is a leader in transforming organizational systems to increase access and utilization of counseling and coaching services that are diverse and culturally responsive. Her research focuses on decreasing the stigma of mental health and substance use disorders, chronic pain and chronic diseases among BIPOC, and the intersection of racism, racial bias, chronic pain, mental health, and substance use treatment. Watkins is the co-owner of Sister WELLS, Counseling, Coaching & Consulting, PLLC (2017) with Dr. Charla Blumell and Dr. Shawnte’ Elbert. She currently resides in Saint Maarten with her husband and two boys.
Andrew Kolodny, MD, is the Senior Scientist at the Institute for Behavioral Health at the Heller School at Brandeis University and Medical Director of the Opioid Policy Research Collaborative. Kolodny is one of the nation’s leading experts on the prescription opioid and heroin crisis. His primary area of focus is the prescription opioid and heroin crisis devastating families and communities across the country. He is also the Executive Director of Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing, an organization with a mission to reduce morbidity and mortality caused by overprescribing of opioid analgesics. Kolodny previously served as Chief Medical Officer for Phoenix House, a national nonprofit addiction treatment agency and Chair of Psychiatry at Maimonides Medical Center in New York City.
Lamiaa Tolba, PA-C, DMSc, MPAS, joined Novant Cancer Institute – Hematology in April 2018 as a Certified Physician Assistant (PA-C). As a part of the Novant Cancer Institute – Hematology Team, Tolba is collaborating with Blume Pediatric Hematology Oncology Team to establish a transition program for patients with chronic non-malignant hematology condition. Tolba is an Adjunct Professor at Wingate University PA program teaching hematology to PA students. Prior to joining Novant, she worked with the sickle cell team at Levine Cancer Institute where she led and/or collaborated on a number of projects such as the Pain Action Plan and outlining the framework for the Sickle Cell Advanced Clinical Practitioner (ACP) Fellowship for the Center of Advanced Practitioners (CAP). Tolba completed her Doctorate of Medical Science (DMSc) degree from the University of Lynchburg (2019).
Who Should Attend
Addiction professionals, employee assistance professionals, social workers, mental health counselors, professional counselors, psychologists, and other helping professionals that are interested in learning about addiction-related matters.
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