The Opioid Crisis and the Hispanic Latino Population: An Urgent Issue (2 credit hours)

Program Summary:  This course examines national data and explores the impact of opioid misuse on the Hispanic Latino community.  It includes a discussion of sociocultural factors, such as immigration issues, religion, stigma, and a lack of culturally responsive prevention and treatment.  Strategies to address opioid misuse are given, including an overview of evidence-based treatment recommendations and medication-assisted treatment.

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, and therapists and it is appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels of practice.  

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Readings:  The Opioid Crisis and the Hispanic Latino Population:  An Urgent Issue/ SAMHSA; Medications for Opioid Overdose, Withdrawal, and Addiction/ NIDA

Course Objectives: To enhance professional practice, values, skills, and knowledge by exploring the opioid crisis and the Hispanic/ Latino population.

Learning Objectives:   Describe recent data on the prevalence of opioid misuse in the US Hispanic/Latino population.  Identify the key sociocultural factors associated with opioid misuse within the Hispanic/Latino population.  Identify prevention, treatment, and recovery strategies.

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1: National data from multiple sources specific to high school aged youth indicate that Hispanic youth are using drugs at rates that are equivalent or ___________ compared to their racial/ethnic peers.
2: Using Figure 1 on page 4, the increase from 2014 to 2017 in overdose death rates by drug among the Hispanic population in the US was highest for
3: Among Hispanic/Latino youth, aged 12 to 17, the most common reason for misusing a pain reliever was to
4: Religion is valued in many Hispanic/Latino communities, with ___________ percent of Hispanic/Latinos identifying with a religion.
5: Immigration can be  _____________ .
6: Different cultures, countries of origin, languages, dialects, and levels of acculturation describe the ________ of the Hispanic/Latino population.
7: Access to free interpreters for individuals, for whom English is not their primary language, is ______________ at health care facilities receiving federal financial assistance.
8: For the Hispanic/Latino population, first responders in the opioid crisis are often
9: Studies consistently show that buprenorphine and naltrexone are more readily accessible in
10: Buprenorphine is generally a ____________ stigmatizing treatment for people with SUD compared to methadone.
11: Which medication must be prescribed and dispensed from a federally regulated opioid treatment program?
12: Which medication is FDA-approved to reverse an opioid-related overdose?
13: Strategies to address the opioid crisis in Hispanic /Latino communities require a holistic approach to address
14: Hispanic/Latinos connect to substance use treatment through
15: Hispanic/Latino families most often reach out to _________ for opioid related services.

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Free State Social Work, LLC, provider #1235, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Free State Social Work, LLC maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 9/6/2021 - 9/6/2024. Social workers completing this course receive 2 cultural competence continuing education credits.

Free State Social Work has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP NO. 6605. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Free State Social Work is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

G.M. Rydberg-Cox, MSW, LSCSW is the Continuing Education Director at Free State Social Work and responsible for the development of this course.  She received her Masters of Social Work in 1996 from the Jane Addams School of Social Work at the University of Illinois-Chicago and she has over 20 years of experience.  She has lived and worked as a social worker in Chicago, Boston, and Kansas City.  She currently practices in the area of hospital/medical social work.  The reading materials for this course were developed by another organization.