The Heroin Epidemic in Adolescents and Young Adults

February 25, 2015 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The Heroin Epidemic in Adolescents and Young Adults

Presenter: Marla Kushner, DO, FASAM, FSAHM
Medical Director, New Hope Recovery Center


Webinar Description: Discussion of the statistical rise of heroin epidemic in adolescent and young adults and the overdose characteristics seen in this population. Identification of risk factors, evaluation and treatment options in addition to a personal example (case study) of struggle and success in the recovery process.

Educational Objectives: Substance abuse is on the rise in all population groups particularly prescription opiate abuse. Prescription opiate abuse is becoming the precursor drug of abuse for heroin. The adolescent population is particularly vulnerable due to their inexperience, segue of prescription opiate abuse and the easy availability of heroin. After participating in this seminar, physicians and attendees will be able identify patients that are at risk for substance abuse and be prepared to discuss treatment options as we all as motivations to enhance treatment participation, recovery potential and improve outcomes.

The Council on Continuing Medical Education (CCME) has been delegated authority by the AOA Board of Trustees to monitor osteopathic CME and award Category 1 accreditation status to osteopathic CME sponsors.

The purpose of the AOAAM’s continuing medical education program is to continually improve the quality of patient care, through the growth of knowledge, the improvement of skills, and physician-to-physician interaction.

Designation Statement: The American Osteopathic Academy of Addiction Medicine (AOAAM) designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1 (one) Category 1A Credit by the AOA CCME (pending all requirements are met). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.