UC set to host Addiction Conference for Health Professionals

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Dozens of individuals from all healthcare professionals will gather at the University of Charleston to learn all sides of the opioid epidemic.

The WV Drug Intervention Institute at the University of Charleston (UC) is hosting an Addiction Conference for Health Professionals from 8:30 a.m. 5:00 p.m. on Saturday.

“This is an opportunity to understand addiction and how it impacts the brain,” Bissett told 580-WCHS. “Also to make sure we are coming together from an interprofessional standpoint with medical doctors, recovery coaches, pharmacists, nurses, physician assistants to talk about the continuum of care.”

Bissett said that while many of these professionals were trained properly in their fields, some were trained before the opioid epidemic became as impactful as it is on the Kanawha Valley.

West Virginia Recovery-Oriented Care Solutions (WVROCS) and the West Virginia Chapter of the International Nursing Society on Addiction will partner with UC and Bissett’s organization to present the 2019 WVROCS Educational Seminar.

Bissett said WV Drug Intervention Institute is fairly new but has taken this topic to heart.

“Our focus has been on that prevention piece, especially with school children. Also addressing these issues of stigma that is so pervasive in our community in Charleston and Kanawha County,” she said.

According to a schedule, Session topics will include presentations from experts on the latest advances in the science of addiction and treatment of SUD, successful treatment alternatives, brain chemistry, and pharmacology, ethics of all roads of recovery. Continuing education units are available for ARPRN, RN, Pharmacists, Social Workers, Recovery Coaches, and counselors.