Opioid Screening and Awareness
This virtual town hall event kicked off the Massachusetts Opioid Screening and Awareness Day on September 22, 2020. Massachusetts Opioid Screening and Awareness Day is a collaboration between Fighting Opioid Misuse, the Brigham Comprehensive Opioid Response and Education (B-CORE) Program, and McLean Hospital.
With the goal of educating community members, experts spoke on topics including:
- Signs, symptoms, facts, and dangers of opioid misuse and disorder
- Increasing knowledge about the disorder so it is better recognized, treatment options become more visible, and stigma is reduced
- Helping individuals recognize behaviors and symptoms that may signal opioid misuse/disorder
- Connecting at-risk participants with quality treatment options in their local community
Screening for Opioid Misuse
If either you or a loved one are using opioids, take a screening.
Screenings are a quick way to determine if you or someone you care about may need to reach out to a health care professional. Screenings should be followed by a full evaluation to determine diagnosis and type of follow-up needed.
This free, anonymous, online screening has been adapted specifically to be used to screen for opioid misuse in oneself or in a loved one.
Please note: This screening tool is not intended to provide a diagnosis of opioid use disorder, nor is it a substitute for a complete evaluation by a health care provider.
About the Event
Guests—such as Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, McLean’s Roger D. Weiss, MD, and more—spoke throughout the event:
MA State Representative Jon Santiago, MD, MPH
MA State Senator Julian Cyr
David A. Rosman, MD, MBA, Massachusetts Medical Society
Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh
Introduction to the Opioid Problem in Massachusetts
Scott G. Weiner, MD, MPH, Brigham B-CORE Program
Inequities in Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Treatment
Sarah Wakeman, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital
Buprenorphine Treatment and Experience of a Patient in Recovery
Claudia Rodriguez, MD, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and a Patient With Lived Experience
Dual Diagnosis – SUD With Concurrent Psychiatric Illness
Roger D. Weiss, MD, McLean Hospital
Treatment With Methadone
Jan Kauffman, RN, MPH, LADC-1, North Charles Foundation
The Role of Recovery Coaches in Treating SUD
Eddie Casado, CARC, Mass General Brigham
Opioid Use Disorder and Veterans
Nitigna Desai, MD, VA Bedford Healthcare
How to Take a Screening for Opioid Use Disorder
Douglas G. Jacobs, MD, Fighting Opioid Misuse