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Bryan Hollinger, Bob Paeglow, Dana Vallangeon, Tara Blair; Physicians are uncomfortable dealing with opioid misuse and addiction. This panel discussion led by Dr. Bryan Hollinger (Esperanza, Philadelphia) will explore how three clinics are addressing the national opioid crisis in their day-to-day interactions with their patients. The panel will cover tools to recognize misuse and addiction and present interventions including pharmacotherapy. The last part of the program will be devoted to learning how to communicate non-judgmentally but without enabling the patient to continue their misuse or addiction, as well as how to share the gospel in a nonsectarian setting in a manner that is acceptable and also sees patients connecting with the gospel and local churches.
John Boll; The management of pain in underserved communities is challenging as providers strive to bring healing. This challenge is more pronounced with recent paradigm changes in pain management. This session covers principles in regards to pain treatment, including the prevention of pain and addiction, harm reduction, and methods to maximize non-opioid alternatives for pain management. It addresses the new challenges providers face in the wake of the current opioid crisis by reviewing cases highlighting unique aspects of acute and chronic, non-malignant pain treatment.
Greg Delaney, Beth Delaney; This is a “How-We-Got-Here” overview of the current opioid epidemic. This workshop looks at the science and history of the epidemic to bring better understanding and to sift through fact and urban legend. It will discuss recovery and treatment approaches, highlight the importance of connection in recovery, and the role that Christian health centers and churches can play in restoring lives wrecked by this pandemic. Led by experts in addiction and recovery who have been active in Ohio’s state-wide efforts to address this crisis, the presenters will discuss strategies of collaborative partnerships, the role of faith in the continuum of care, and ways for local churches to engage the problem siting examples from other communities.