Addressing the Crisis of Fentanyl Overdose
March 22, 2023
In October of 2022, a well-attended Fentanyl Summit was held in Bernalillo County to discuss the fentanyl crisis in New Mexico. The slogan of the summit – Keep New Mexico Alive – aptly summed up the problem with fentanyl. Since coming on the drug scene in 2014, it’s now the primary drug responsible for overdose death not only in New Mexico, but nationwide. Despite significant efforts to curb this challenging public health crisis, fentanyl remains a significant threat to our communities. Join us for our first webinar of the year where we’ll discuss fentanyl within the context of the New Mexico 5-Actions Program™. How is being hooked on fentanyl the same and different from other substances and behaviors? What are the critical underlying drivers that lead people to use fentanyl, and how can we address them? What can parents do to protect their children? And what should you do if you are presently abusing fentanyl?
What You’ll Learn
- Why fentanyl is such a significant public health threat
- How fentanyl is a symptom of a broader constellation of life challenges
- Steps can you take if fentanyl is a problem for yourself or a loved one
- Why all community stakeholders are needed to address this crisis
- Download this webinar’s slide deck
- Bernalillo County: Keep Me Alive
- Allies in Recovery (CRAFT approach)
- Serna Solutions (CRAFT approach)
- Lydia Bartholow (professional website)
- New Mexico 5-Actions Program
Lydia Bartholow is a doctorally prepared psychiatric nurse practitioner with a specialty in addiction medicine and trauma informed care. She is a medical director at a large FQHC that focuses on co-occurring disorders and is on faculty at UCSF where she teaches in the psychiatric nurse practitioner program. She speaks nationally on topics such as co-occurring disorders, harm reduction, and substance use disorder care system improvement. She focuses all parts of her practice on radical public health, harm reduction and anti-oppression work. Lydia lives in Portland, Oregon, on Chinook, Kathlamet, Clackamas and Kalapuya land.