Heroin crisis seminar in Fredonia June 13

Special to the OBSERVER

The heroin crisis is hitting Chautauqua County as well as other counties across the state and nation. Many areas are organizing community task forces to help address the issue.

County Executive Vince Horrigan began Chautauqua County’s response by calling together community and service providers to develop and implement actions to educate the public, help address prevention issues, look at treatment, insurance issues, law enforcement and the courts’ efforts in treatment.

CASAC is a member of the task force working on the education and prevention committee. One of our first efforts is offering the following training on “The Heroin Crisis: Dependency and Treatment.” The seminar will be helpful in acquainting community members, parents, and service providers about the issues.

“The Heroin Crisis: Dependency and Treatment” seminar sponsored by the Chautauqua Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Council. This seminar, presented by Davina A. Moss-King, Ph.D., C.R.C, N.C.C., C.A.S.A.C., is scheduled for June 13 from 9 a.m. to noon at the First Presbyterian Church, 219 Central Ave., Fredonia.

Workshop participants will become familiar with the signs and symptoms of opioid dependence, withdrawal, and intoxication, as well as historical and ethical issues surrounding opioid use and treatment.

Participants will be able to discuss an approach to clinical decision-making regarding matching the opioid-dependent individual to appropriate treatment options, including the opioid replacement therapies (buprenorphine and methadone).

This seminar will also address opioid dependency during pregnancy. Continued opioid use has negative effects on a woman psychologically as well as physically and will also have negative developmental effects on the fetus.

The information shared at this workshop will better prepare counselors and other professionals when working with women addicted to opioids and women that are pregnant and continue using opioids or contemplating recovery.

CASAC training offerings are suitable for community members that are aspiring to learn more about addictions and other related topics to improve their lives and the lives of others.

This course is also for those seeking professional credentialing as a Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor, Credentialed Prevention Professional or Credentialed Prevention Specialist.

The three hours are approved by the New York State Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services CASAC renewal and CPP & CPS (Section 1). This course work is also recognized and approved by the Pennsylvania Certification Board through reciprocity.

The Council offers a number of professional training opportunities throughout the year. Individualized on-site training, depending upon staff needs, is available. All trainings can be designed either as an in-service training, conference or workshop.

The fee is $45 and pre-registration is required. To register for the above course contact Kathleen Colby, Director of Training Services, 664-3608, kjcolby@casacweb.or visit www.casacweb.org.