Understanding Substance Use Disorder: A Brain Disease

Natalie Neilson, CMC/DH
The way we understand and speak about addiction matters. Stigma creates many barriers that keep individuals from accessing and asking for support. Learning about addiction and recovery is one way you can help bring awareness to an issue that is often misunderstood. In this class you will learn about the risk factors for Substance Use Disorders, the mechanisms involved in addiction, and how you can help. You will also learn about Narcan, which is a lifesaving medication used to reverse the symptoms of an opioid overdose. You will learn what Narcan is, the signs and symptoms of an overdose, as well as when and how to administer the medication. A free Narcan kit will be provided to you at the end of the training if you would like one.

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