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Drug Use and Dignity: Exploring the Potential for Supervised Consumption Sites in King County, Washington

May 23, 2017. In this one-hour webinar, members of the Seattle and King County Heroin and Prescription Opiate Addiction Task Force discuss implementing “supervised consumption sites” where people can safely use in the presence of a trained health professional.

Quick Facts

Topics: Vulnerable Populations & Health Disparities

Format: Webinar

Time: 1 hour

Cost: Free

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In this one-hour webinar, which is part of the Hot Topics series, members of the Seattle and King County Heroin and Prescription Opiate Addiction Task Force discuss implementing “supervised consumption sites” to address the health and social harms of substances.

Air date: May 23, 2017, noon to 1:00 p.m. (PT)

Learning Objectives

  • List the eight recommendations made by the Seattle and King County Heroin and Prescription Opiate Addiction Task Force.
  • Describe the evidence supporting supervised consumption sites as an effective harm reduction and public health intervention.
  • Discuss common community concerns about supervised consumption sites and how to address them.

Intended Audiences

Local, state, and tribal public health professionals; staff working in behavioral health programs, drug treatment services, and law enforcement

Slides and Resources

Recording

recording of this webinar is available through PH LearnLink.

 

Quick Facts

Topics: Vulnerable Populations & Health Disparities

Format: Webinar

Time: 1 hour

Cost: Free

Presenters

Brad Finegood, MA, LMHC, Assistant Director, Behavioral Health and Recovery Division, King County Department of Community and Human Services

Dan Otter, RN, MPH(c), public health student, University of Washington

Discussion Questions

  1. What about the health risks associated with illegal substances has led to historically favoring a criminal justice approach over a public health approach?
  2. In what ways have the “war on drugs” reduced or exacerbated the health risks associated with illegal substances?
  3. Why are some communities uncomfortable with supervised consumption sites, and how would you address their concerns?

Competencies

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