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Overdose Awareness Series

>>>Overdose Awareness Series
Overdose Awareness Series 2021-07-26T09:38:29-08:00

 

Join the Washington Poison Center as we discuss overdose. Through presentations from our own staff and from external experts, we’ll explore unintentional and intentional factors that can lead to overdose, how to respond to different overdose situations, how to prevent and reduce harm from overdose, and how to access resources and treatment in the state of Washington. Our goal is to open dialogue, de-stigmatize, and ensure everyone is aware of the help available in our communities.

All sessions are free to attend. Sessions will take place on Zoom or on social media. See below for more details and to register.

MONDAY, AUGUST 23


What is ‘Overdose’? A Poison Center Perspective
10:30am on Facebook and YouTube
Join us as we kick off the series! In this session, we’ll lay the groundwork for the rest of the series, providing you with an overview of how we define “overdose” at the Washington Poison Center. We’ll cover the primary reasons for overdose, how we see reasons differ between age groups, and how these reasons have changed (or not) over the years.
Speakers: Scott Phillips, MD FACP FACMT FAACT & Gordon Morrow, PharmD, CSPI

Scott Phillips, MD FACP FACMT FAACT
Medical Director
Washington Poison Center
Board certified in both Internal Medicine and Medical Toxicology, Dr. Scott Phillips was the Associate Medical Director and is now the Medical Director of the Washington Poison Center. Dr. Phillips maintains an active practice in Washington where he was born and raised. As a fellow of the American College of Physicians, the American Academy of Clinical Toxicology and the American College of Medical Toxicology, Dr. Phillips is dedicated to ongoing education and teaching. Focusing on environmental toxicology and health risk assessment, Dr. Phillips has authored over 200 articles, chapters and abstracts as well as several textbooks on medical toxicology.

Gordon Morrow, PharmD, CSPI
Certified Specialist in Poison Information, Data Specialist
Washington Poison Center
Dr. Gordon Morrow graduated from University of New Mexico with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2003. He worked at the New Mexico Poison Center for 10 years before relocating to the Washington Poison Center, where he has worked for the past four and a half years. In addition to being a Certified Specialist in Poison Information, Dr. Morrow is the Washington Poison Center’s data specialist.

How to Think and Talk about Substance Use Disorders
1:00 – 2:00pm on Zoom – registration required here
Understand how stigma about Substance Use Disorders (SUDs) can influence patient engagement, assessment and treatment. Learn about the different theories on the etiology of SUDs to gain a broader understanding of this illness.
Speaker: Ron Jackson, MSW, LICSW

Ron Jackson, MSW, LICSW
Clinical Professor
School of Social Work, University of Washington
Ron Jackson, MSW, LICSW, is a Clinical Professor at the UW’s School of Social Work where he has taught addiction-related course to graduate students for over 30 years.  He was the Executive Director of Evergreen Treatment Service, for 33 years and, in that role, founded in 1996 the REACH Program, a harm reduction-oriented case management program for people with SUDs.  He has worked as an administrator, educator, researcher and clinician in the treatment of SUDs since 1972.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 24


Safe Medicine Storage & Disposal
11:00am on Facebook and YouTube
Learn about the importance of safe medicine storage and disposal to help keep kids and teens safe from medicine misuse, unintentional poisoning, and suicide.
Speaker: Isabell Sakamoto, MS, CHES®

Isabell Sakamoto, MS, CHES®
Suicide & Injury Prevention Manager
Seattle Children’s
Isabell Sakamoto is a Program Manager at Seattle Children’s, where she supports suicide and injury prevention programs including safe firearm storage and safe medication storage and disposal to promote safe environments for children and families.

Toxico-Economics
1:30 – 2:30pm on Zoom – registration required here
In the world of substance use, illicit drugs and medications are tied closely to the flow of money.  This presentation will look at the cost of street medications, and the flow of money in relation to substance use and drug trafficking.
Speaker: Scott Phillips, MD FACP FACMT FAACT

Scott Phillips, MD FACP FACMT FAACT
Medical Director
Washington Poison Center
Board certified in both Internal Medicine and Medical Toxicology, Dr. Scott Phillips was the Associate Medical Director and is now the Medical Director of the Washington Poison Center. Dr. Phillips maintains an active practice in Washington where he was born and raised. As a fellow of the American College of Physicians, the American Academy of Clinical Toxicology and the American College of Medical Toxicology, Dr. Phillips is dedicated to ongoing education and teaching. Focusing on environmental toxicology and health risk assessment, Dr. Phillips has authored over 200 articles, chapters and abstracts as well as several textbooks on medical toxicology.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 25


Opioids & Stimulants in Washington State
10:00 – 11:00am on Zoom – registration required here
Opioid and stimulant overdose deaths are increasing in WA State. Learn more about recent trends, why people use these drugs, and what communities can do to respond.
Speaker: Alison Newman, MPH

Alison Newman, MPH
Addictions, Drug & Alcohol Institute
University of Washington
Since joining ADAI in 2017, Alison has provided training and education on overdose, opioids, and worked on the website stopoverdose.org. She specializes in health education and healthcare access around drug use and health.

Take-home Naloxone for Opiate Overdose
12:30pm on Facebook and YouTube
Audience members will learn how to:
– Recognize an opioid overdose
– Understand what Naloxone is and how it works
– Respond to opioid overdose and administer Naloxone
– Get a take-home Naloxone kit in WA state
Speaker: Wenye Dang, PharmD

Wenye Dang, PharmD
Pharmacy Resident
Kelley-Ross Pharmacy Group
Wenye is a pharmacy resident at Kelley-Ross Pharmacy Group. She graduated from University of Washington School of Pharmacy in 2021. Wenye is interested in developing clinical services in the community pharmacy setting.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 26


Opioids & Opiates: A Discussion of WA Poison Center Trends & Perspectives
2:15 – 3:45pm on Zoom – registration required here
Discussion around opioids and opiates frequently focuses on substance use disorders, overdose deaths, and illicit markets. There is much more to the picture with these substances, however. At the Washington Poison Center, we help patients with opioid exposures related to substance use, intentional overdoses, medication errors, pediatric accidents, and more. Join us as we explore the basics of opioids and opiates with one of our call center pharmacists. We will cover the opioids we frequently hear about + common reasons for calling us, what we are most concerned about, and our top tips for preventing and reducing harm from opioid use.
Speakers: Jared O'Connor, MPH, MS & Kelly White, PharmD, CSPI

Jared O’Connor, MPH, MS
Education and Emergency Preparedness Specialist
Washington Poison Center

Kelly White, PharmD, CSPI
Certified Specialist in Poison Information
Washington Poison Center

MONDAY, AUGUST 30


Trends in Adolescent Exposures: Intentional Use, Misuse, & Overdose
12:00pm on Facebook and YouTube
The Washington Poison Center has tracked adolescent intentional exposures for over a decade. Throughout the years, we’ve seen increases in several concerning areas, such as with intentional self-harm & substance use. Now, a year and a half into the COVID-19 pandemic, there are additional concerns about the pandemic’s impacts on adolescent mental health. Join the poison center for a discussion of these trends, the facts behind adolescent substance use, and key strategies to prevent and reduce harm among the youth in your lives.
Speakers: Stephanie Garland, PharmD, CSPI & Trent Eason, PharmD, CSPI

Stephanie Garland, PharmD, CSPI
Certified Specialist in Poison Information
Washington Poison Center
Stephanie Garland, PharmD, CSPI, is a Call Center Lead and Certified Specialist in Poison Information at the Washington Poison Center. Stephanie received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Oklahoma in 2014 and earned a Certified Specialist in Poison Information certificate in 2016. Stephanie has 7 years of poison center experience, and has been a supervisor for 3 years. In addition to triaging patient exposures and providing consult to health care facility staff, Stephanie is actively involved in clinical education outreach for first responders and mid-level providers. She also assists with poison center guideline development, and has published in the Journal of Clinical Toxicology.

Trent Eason, PharmD, CSPI
Certified Specialist in Poison Information
Washington Poison Center

An Exploration of Withdrawal
2:30 – 4:00pm on Zoom – registration required here
What happens when a drug is stopped? Explore withdrawal syndromes, withdrawal timelines and severity, withdrawal treatment options, and the complex relationship between antidotes and withdrawal.
Speakers: Marlo Murray, PharmD, CSPI & Paul Cole, PharmD, CSPI

Marlo Murray, PharmD, CSPI
Certified Specialist in Poison Information
Washington Poison Center
Dr. Marlo Murray is a clinical pharmacist and Certified Specialist in Poison Information at the Washington Poison Center. She is also a Clinical Affiliate Faculty at her alma mater, the University of Washington School of Pharmacy. During her 10-year career at WAPC she has authored abstracts in toxicology that she has presented to local and national conferences, precepted PharmD students, and worked on the Washington Suicide Prevention Taskforce. She currently works in a supervisory role in the WAPC call center where she supports staff in skill development and education, and works on Quality Improvement initiatives.

Paul Cole, PharmD, CSPI
Certified Specialist in Poison Information
Washington Poison Center
Dr. Paul Cole is a clinical pharmacist and Certified Specialist in Poison Information and has been with the Washington Poison Center for 5 years. He brings knowledge and experience from a variety of community pharmacy practice areas, including pharmacy compounding and Long Term Care pharmacy services. Dr. Cole works with local health jurisdictions and is committed to emerging trends and patient care surrounding drugs of abuse.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 31


Opioids and Drug User Health & Safety
9:30-10:30am on Facebook and YouTube
Join the Hepatitis Education Project (HEP) and the Washington Department of Health’s Drug User Health Program (DOH) for a livestream on overdose prevention and harm reduction.

HEP will provide:
– An overview of their Syringe Service Program and how they engage their clients and communities in overdose prevention, naloxone distribution, and medical care
– Brief demonstrations on how to use nasal and injectable naloxone

DOH will discuss:
– Fentanyl 101
– The laws and regulations in Washington around naloxone and overdose response, including the Statewide Standing Order to Dispense Naloxone and the state’s Good Samaritan Overdose Law
– Information about DOH’s Naloxone Distribution Program and how organizations can apply to become a distribution partner
Speakers: Mitch Mitchell, Kimberly Taber, & Sean Hemmerle

Mitch Mitchell and Kimberly Taber
Hepatitis Education Project
Mitch Mitchell is the Prevention and Outreach Program Specialist at Hepatitis Education Project where he runs, supplies, and assists in managing HEP’s syringe service program. Before HEP, Mitch ran an employment program at YouthCare, and worked in memory care. Kimberly Taber is a Care Coordinator at Hepatitis Education Project where she supports folks seeking Hepatitis C treatment. Previously, she worked as a CDC Associate in the field of communicable disease and as a social worker in supportive housing.

Sean Hemmerle
Drug User Health Program
Washington State Department of Health
Sean Hemmerle is the Overdose Education and Naloxone Distribution Consultant with the Washington State Department of Health, where he provides training and technical support to organizations across the state interested in overdose prevention. He also facilitates DOH’s Naloxone Distribution Program, providing naloxone kits to various organizations in WA that in turn distribute the kits to those in need. Before joining DOH in 2019, Sean worked for the Tacoma Needle Exchange as a Community Health Outreach Worker, providing services to drug users and other community members across Pierce County.

Dependence, Opioid User Disorder, & Medications for OUD
11:00am – 12:30pm on Zoom – registration required here
This session will cover how opioids work in the brain and how the body develops dependence. We’ll discuss the characteristics of opioid use disorder, and the ins and outs of medications used for opioid use disorder.
Speaker: Nicole Rodin, PharmD, MBA

Nicole Rodin, PharmD, MBA
Clinical Assistant Professor
College of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences, Washington State University
Dr. Rodin is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Washington State University College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. She splits her time teaching within the curriculum and practicing pharmacy at Kootenai Hospital. Dr. Rodin’s current research initiatives are centered around public health initiatives including within the prevention and treatment of substance use disorder.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1


Accidental Overdose in Older Adults
11:00am – 12:00pm on Zoom – registration required here
Older adults face unique challenges when it comes to medications, and those challenges increase as medication lists grow. Overdose, specifically accidental overdose, is a particularly concerning issue for our ageing population. This session will discuss medication challenges we face as we age, ways to prevent or reduce the risk of accidental overdose in older adults, and strategies to reduce harm if overdose occurs.
Speaker: Abby Winter, PharmD, MPA, BCACP

Abby Winter, PharmD, MPA, BCACP
Clinical Assistant Professor
Assistant Director for Outreach
Plein Center for Geriatric Pharmacy Research, Education and Outreach
University of Washington School of Pharmacy
Dr. Abby Winter is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pharmacy and is the Assistant Director for Outreach in the Plein Center for Geriatric Pharmacy Research, Education & Outreach at the University of Washington School of Pharmacy. She leads the clinical and outreach efforts of the Plein Center at Era Living, a group of Seattle-area Retirement Communities. She also teaches in the Schools of Pharmacy and Nursing at UW. She is a Board Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacist (BCACP). Dr. Winter earned her Doctor of Pharmacy and Master of Public Administration degrees at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, and completed a PGY-1 Community Pharmacy Residency with a focus in Ambulatory Care and Academia at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska.


Suicide & Self-Harm in Adolescents: A Discussion with Emergency Services
1:00 – 2:00pm on Zoom – registration required here
Join a Washington Poison Center call center pharmacist and a mental health therapist at Seattle Children’s Hospital for a discussion and Q&A on adolescent intentional self-harm and suspected suicide.  Learn what happens when poison center and Emergency Department services are utilized for an adolescent intentional case. Explore common cases and the trends these emergency healthcare providers are witnessing, including recent impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Speakers: Kelly Kerby, MA, LMHC, SUDP & Curtis Elko, PharmD, CSPI

Kelly Kerby, MA, LMHC, SUDP
Mental Health Therapist, Co-Occurring Disorders
Child Psychiatry Department
Seattle Children’s Hospital
Kelly Kerby is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Substance Use Disorder Professional with over 15 years of experience. She has worked in inpatient and outpatient mental health and substance use disorder treatment with adolescents and adults. She has also worked in schools providing prevention and intervention services as well as hospital settings providing substance use disorder treatment and consultation to patients on the medical floors, psychiatric unit and the emergency department.

Curtis Elko, PharmD, CSPI
Certified Specialist in Poison Information
Washington Poison Center

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 2


Risk & Protective Factors for Substance Use
1:00 – 2:00pm on Zoom – registration required here
Speaker: Kevin Haggerty, MSW, PhD

Kevin Haggerty, MSW, PhD
Director
Social Development Research Group
University of Washington School of Social Work
Dr. Haggerty is the Director of the Social Development Research Group and Endowed Professor of Prevention at the UW School of Social Work. He is a PI on many projects, including Utah Communities That Care Training program, Staying Connected with Your Teen, and Connecting, a study testing an adaptation of an evidence based family prevention intervention for foster caregivers and their teens. For more than 35 years, he has focused on developing innovative ways to organize the scientific knowledge base for prevention so that parents, communities and schools can better identify, assess and prioritize customized approaches that meet their needs.