It’s estimated that only 10 percent of the 22 million people who suffer from a substance use disorder access treatment.
“Access to treatment is limited by the lack of providers trained to identify and treat substance use disorders as well as the negative stigma associated with the disease,” explained Marietta Hagan, population health project coordinator for the Stone and Taney Counties Substance Use Initiative. The initiative is a project of CoxHealth and funded by a Skaggs Legacy Endowment grant.
Two separate training sessions this week will help area healthcare providers better identify and treat substance use disorders and learn what they can do to reduce the negative stigma associated with the disease.
“Our goal is to increase knowledge and awareness but equally as important, we want to educate providers about what they can do to reduce the stigma that prevents many people from seeking help,” said Hagan.
The trainings are completely separate but both are provided by the American Society of Addiction Medicine.
“Day one is The Fundamentals of Addiction Medicine and directed towards helping primary care, urgent care, ER, internal medicine and OB/GYN providers gain a better understanding of substance use disorders, how to screen for these disorders, how to treat them and how to know when to refer to a specialist,” Hagan said. “Day two is a training providers must complete prior to applying for the waiver necessary to prescribe buprenorphine, which is used in medication-assisted treatment of opioid use disorders.”
Hagan explained that medication-assisted treatment (MAT) combines behavioral therapy and medication and has proven to be effective in the treatment of substance use disorders.
“This is one more step we are taking to reduce and prevent substance use disorders in our community,” said Hagan. “These trainings will increase community collaboration, knowledge and awareness of treatments for substance use disorders.”
Funding for these trainings is provided by the Missouri Department of Economic Development as part of the Neighborhood Assistance Program in conjunction with the Stone and Taney Counties Substance Use Initiative. Both trainings are being held at The Keeter Center at College of the Ozarks.