SAMHSA’s Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies (CAPT) and the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) hosted a national webinar series that explores the intersection of opioid misuse, overdose, and suicide—with an in-depth look at chronic pain as a contributing factor to these related problems. These webinars examined the national narrative on opioids and suicide, drawing on current research to define the scope of the problem and explore how these health concerns intersect. The purpose of this series was to illustrate the connections between suicide and opioid misuse—so that substance misuse and suicide prevention practitioners can develop a coordinated response to them. The series highlights opportunities for alignment and feature examples of partnerships between the suicide and substance misuse prevention fields.
- Webinar #1 (Tuesday, June 5, 2018 3-4:30pm ET) In this webinar, presenters examine current research on the relationship between these problems, discuss opportunities for cross-sector collaboration to address them, and describe examples from the field where this work is already underway. http://www.sprc.org/events-trainings/intersection-opioid-abuse-overdose-suicide-understanding-connections
- Webinar #2 (Thursday, June 28, 2018 3-4:30pm ET) In this webinar, presenters examine common characteristics among people with chronic pain and discuss strategies for reducing the risk of opioid overdose and suicide in this population. http://www.sprc.org/events-trainings/intersection-opioid-abuse-overdose-suicide-role-chronic-pain