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Now two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare providers on the frontline have experienced unprecedented levels of stress and burnout. To support providers in this environment, the Center for the Application of Substance Abuse Technologies (CASAT) recently released “Exploring the Importance of Resilience in Healthcare,” the second season of the “CASAT Conversations” podcast.

The “CASAT Conversations” podcast explores the complex connection between how environment, behaviors and actions impact health and wellbeing. It is developed and produced by CASAT, which is affiliated with the School of Public Health (formerly Community Health Sciences) at the University of Nevada, Reno.

“‘CASAT Conversations’ is geared toward having meaningful conversations with people sharing their capacity for personal growth and change, coupled with subject matter expert educational insights,” Heather Haslem, the podcast’s host and senior project coordinator of workforce development at CASAT, said…Read More from Nevada Today

“Of the 2.5 million Americans 12 years of age or older with [opioid use disorders] OUDs, fewer than 128,000 [less than 0.05%] of those attending specialty treatment programs had treatment plans that included pharmacotherapy” (Molfenter et al., 2017, p.2).

For many people with opioid use disorder (OUD), the most effective treatment is the combination of counseling and medication assisted treatment (MAT) with medications such as buprenorphine methadone, or naltrexone. MAT, an evidence-based best practice, allows individuals with OUD to be healthy, productive members of society (Sofuoglu, DeVito, & Carroll, 2018).

Read the full article on CASAT OnDemand.

Dr. Stephanie Woodard, the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services Senior Advisor on Behavioral Health, talks about how Assembly Bill 474 has helped with Nevada’s opioid crisis since its passage in 2017.

It’s been a little more than a year since AB474, or the Controlled Substance Abuse Prevention act took effect in Nevada.

Lawmakers passed the bill in the 2017 legislature when it was obvious Nevada was dealing with an opioid crisis.

Experts who are on the front lines of this fight say opioid abuse is a vast problem and evolving every day.

Doctor Stephanie Woodard, the senior advisor for the Department of Health and Human Services on Behavioral Health says since the law went into effect January 1st of 2018, opioid prescriptions have dropped in Nevada …read more

Watch the video.

Learn even more at Prescribe 365 or Nevada SOR.

“The Downtown Reno Partnership ambassadors were trained how to use Narcan by The Life Change Center’s MORE team two weeks ago. The team, headed by Lisa Lee and Jennifer Cassady, uses Narcan during their outreach work. Now, all the ambassadors carry two doses of Narcan with them as they make their rounds through downtown Reno.” Read the full article.

As part of the STR/SOR Project funded by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the State of Nevada, CASAT staffers have worked hard to design and disseminate these Naloxone kits and information surrounding them. You can find more information about Narcan and the State’s Response to the Opioid Epidemic at Nevada SOR.