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POSSE Webinar #1: Stigma and Bias in Attitudes About Opioid Use

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Uploaded on Jun 26, 2019

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Learn more about the importance of addressing stigma and bias when talking about opioid use. Featuring a presentation from Devin Reaves, co-founder and Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Harm Reduction Coalition (PAHRC), this webinar discusses how stigma and bias feeds in the shame felt by opioid users and their family members, and the appropriate mindset and approach for thinking and talking about opioid use.

The Pennsylvania Opioid Surgical Stewardship Enterprise (POSSE) program is a two-year program of the Health Care Improvement Foundation, funded by the AmerisourceBergen Foundation. POSSE is focused on working with patients and providers to prevent post-operative opioid abuse.

Devin Reaves, MSW, co-founder and Executive Director, Pennsylvania Harm Reduction Coalition (PAHRC) is a person living in recovery since 2007. He is a community organizer and grassroots advocacy leader. Devin has worked on the expansion of access to the lifesaving medication Naloxone, implantation of 911 Good Samaritan policies, and the development of youth oriented systems. He wants to build constituencies of consequence that will lead to meaningful public health policy changes around substance use disorders.

The mission of PAHRC is to promote the health, dignity, and human rights of individuals who use drugs and communities impacted by drug use. Recognizing that social inequality, criminalization, and stigma silence those affected most, we advocate for policies that improve the quality of life for people who use drugs, people in recovery, and their communities.

Devin received a Master of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice with a focus on community and organizational change and has a BA in Human Services from Lynn University. Devin also serves on the Camden County Addiction Awareness Task Force and the Board of Directors for the Association of Recovery Schools.

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