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Shapiro Administration Launches Free Training to Combat Opioid Crisis in Pennsylvania

The Shapiro Administration has introduced new resources for health care and public safety professionals to address the overdose and opioid crisis in Pennsylvania. The Department of Health has launched free online training courses aimed at preventing unintentional drug overdoses. These courses offer continuing education credits for health care providers and may fulfill certain licensing requirements. Information and access to these trainings are available on the Department of Health’s website.

As part of a comprehensive strategy to combat the opioid epidemic, these trainings cover up-to-date topics and are part of the Shapiro administration’s broader effort. Pennsylvania’s Acting Health Secretary, Dr. Debra Bogen, emphasized the goal of providing necessary information to reduce stigma and aid recovery from substance use disorder (SUD). The training programs target various professionals, including those treating pregnant and postpartum women with opioid use disorder, emergency department workers, child welfare professionals, and dentists, highlighting the role of dentists in opioid prescriptions for naive patients.

Dr. Bogen highlighted the importance of evidence-based care, harm reduction, and connecting individuals to treatment. The initiative also focuses on prescribing buprenorphine, an effective treatment for opioid dependence. Despite a decrease in drug overdose deaths in Pennsylvania and Allegheny County in 2022, Dr. Bogen acknowledges the ongoing need for efforts to improve patient outcomes and save lives.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health encourages anyone needing substance use treatment or support to contact the PA Get Help Now helpline, available 24/7. The new training opportunities are supported by CDC funding and open to all interested parties.

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