OUS to host opioid response training, SBIRT

September 21, 2018


IRONTON — Ohio University Southern is hosting two workshops on Friday, Sept. 21, in response to the region’s opioid crisis. The sessions will provide training on Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment, or SBIRT.

This workshop seeks to provide strategies for appropriate response to individuals impacted by drug abuse. SBIRT is an evidence-based approach that promotes universal screening to identify use, early risks, and abuse and appropriate intervention.

Lyn O’Connell, Ph.D IMFT, and clinical coordinator of the MUSBIRT project at Marshall University, is the workshop presenter. The project is funded by a federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Grant.

The workshops are hosted by the Southern Campus Workforce Success initiative. Registered participants will meet in the Caucus Room of the Academic Center at the Ironton Campus. A morning session will be presented from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. The afternoon session, targeted for campus employees and collaborating partners, will be conducted from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Nicole Pennington, Dean of the Southern Campus, is a member of the Ohio University Opioid Task Force. She said it is important for the regional campus to provide education and training regarding the opioid epidemic in southeast Ohio.

“The Southern Campus and partners like Marshall’s SBIRT initiative must work together as the region strives to combat the current drug crisis,” Pennington said in a news release.

“As a participant in the Lawrence County Recovery Coalition, we wanted to bring Dr. O’Connell’s training to Ohio University Southern as a resource to the community,” Sarah Diamond Burroway, director of External Relations and Workforce Success, said in the release.

To register for the Friday workshops on the Ironton campus, email workforcesuccess@ohio.edu. For more information, call 740-533-4593.

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