Opiate addiction has become yet another scourge to the African American community. Recent advances in medical and non-medical treatment offer hope and more must be done to disseminate these approaches to our communities.
- Describe the pharmacology of opiate addiction
- Discuss the history of opiate addiction and the African American community
- List the consequences of addiction for the individual, family, and community
- Implement evidence-based treatment
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
Mental health professionals; mental health advocates; mental health caretakers; behavioral health professionals; and the general public
Annelle Primm, M.D., is the Senior Medical Director of the Steve Fund, an organization focused on the mental health of young people of color. She is also a member of the Black Psychiatrists of America Council of Elders.
William B. Lawson, M.D., Ph.D., D.L., F.A.P.A., is the founder and Director of the Institute to Reduce Disparities LLC, Director of Psychiatric Research for the Emerson Clinical Research Institute and Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He is emeritus professor of psychiatry, at the Dell Medical School, University of Texas, Austin, and emeritus professor and formerly chair of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Howard University School of Medicine. He received a PhD in Psychology from the University of New Hampshire and MD from the Pritzker School of Medicine University of Chicago, did his residency at Stanford University and a fellowship at the National Institute of Mental Health. He has held faculty positions at the University of Illinois, Urbana, University of California, Irvine, Vanderbilt University, University of Arkansas, and Howard University. He has held numerous senior positions and received national recognition including past President of the DC chapter of Mental Health America, Past President of the Washington Psychiatric Society, past Chair of the Section of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences of the National Medical Association, and past president of the Black Psychiatrists of America.