Racial and Ethnic Disparities in OUD: Implications for Cultural-Competence

Tuesday, October 22
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: Coronado Springs Resort, Fiesta 6
CE: 1.5

Primary Presenter(s)

    • Surendra Adhikari, PhD MedSoc

      Behavioral Health Administrator/PI- Health Equity
      Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services

      Disclosure: Nothing to disclose


  • Kenneth Miller, PhD

    Professor, Department of Counseling, School Psychology, and Educational Leadership
    Youngstown State University

    Disclosure: Nothing to disclose

  • AO

    Anahi Ortiz, M.D.

    Franklin County Coroner
    Franklin County Coroner’s Office

    Disclosure: Nothing to disclose

The disproportionate burden of opioid epidemic among racial/ethnic groups is difficult to discern. This session will highlight substance abuse treatment admissions data to illustrate socio-cultural nuances of opioid abuse and dependence in minority communities. It will present select best clinical practices that could be tailored to provide culturally and linguistically competent early intervention, treatment, recovery and management of opioid use disorders in diverse race/ethnicities. Learnings will be shared from Ohio’s response to opiate epidemic’s impact in Ohio, which follows a combination of prevention, screening/early intervention, and treatment as a comprehensive strategy to address the risks of OUD at all phases.

Learning Objectives:

  • Upon completion, participant will be able to identify the opiates of choice and opioid use disorders among diverse race/ethnicities.
  • Describe best practices for the delivery of culturally and linguistically competent OUD treatment outreach and recovery
  • Discuss culturally-relevant prevention and awareness messaging and programming as well as treatment modalities

As supporters of #MedicationAssistedTreatment, we understand the dangers of allowing methadone – a Schedule II narcotic – to be distributed at local pharmacies. 
ACT NOW by telling Congress to protect the #OTP standard of care & our communities: https://programnotapill.com/write-congress/ #PNAP

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