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Medication First: Reversing the Overdose Epidemic with Low-Threshold Medial Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder

  • 17 Oct 2018
  • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM (CDT)
  • The Heights, 8001 Dale Ave., Richmond Heights, MO 63117

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Medication First: Reversing the Overdose Epidemic with Low-Threshold Medical Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder


In traditional treatment programs for addiction, the majority of patients are offered intensive psychosocial treatment with little or no pharmacotherapy, an approach has contributed to the high rate of mortality among persons with opioid use disorder. In this presentation, Mr. Presnall reviews the science of opioid use disorder treatment and explains how medical and psychosocial treatment can be integrated to prevent mortality and promote recovery. This Medication First model has been adopted by the Missouri department of mental health in an effort to reverse the epidemic of opioid-related deaths.

About the presenter: 

Ned Presnall is Executive Director of Clayton Behavioral and an Adjunct Professor and Senior Data Analyst at Washington University in St. Louis. He presents widely on the topics of addiction and mental health with special focus on evidence-based approaches to reversing the epidemic of opioid-related deaths. Ned consults with the Missouri Department of Mental Health as part of the State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis and serves on a state-wide ECHO consultation team to expand access to evidence-based treatment for Opioid Use Disorder. He advocates for system-wide integration of medical treatment for opioid use disorders.

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