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Tag Archives: opioid

NASW attends first pain care policy congress

Opioid epidemic and drug abuse concept

By Paul R. Pace, News staff A key step in implementing solutions for the opioid overdose epidemic was reached in San Diego in October where days later the opioid crisis was officially declared a national public health emergency. Seventy representatives from more than 50 organizations, including NASW, gathered in California for the first ever Integrative Pain Care Policy Congress during ... Read More »

Opioid crisis leads to social work workforce shortage

Opioid epidemic and drug abuse concept

By Paul R. Pace, News staff The nation’s opioid crisis is creating a new threat in some of the hardest hit states: a social work workforce shortage in child welfare and addiction treatment. “The demand for social workers has always been high, but it is particularly true now,” says Michael Patchner, university dean at Indiana University School of Social Work. ... Read More »

NASW Social Justice Brief Offers Overview of Nation’s Opioid, Heroin Addiction Crisis

The United States is gripped by an opioid and heroin addiction crisis. The social work profession will play a valuable and key role in our nation’s efforts to address this issue. The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Social Justice Brief Opiates in Our Backyard: Implications for Drug Policy, offers social workers and other mental health and substance use disorder ... Read More »