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The Effects of the Opioid Crisis on Long-Term Care Residents - Points of Advocacy

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Opioid misuse and abuse has become a national epidemic. Yet opioid use in long-term care settings hasn't gotten the same attention as in other settings. To gain more information about the impact of this epidemic on long-term care facility residents, Consumer Voice obtained feedback from residents and ombudsmen through in-person discussions and online questionnaires about the resident experience. This webinar presents the findings and information gathered, and shares select strategies and recommendations for effective advocacy in addressing resident issues related to opioid use and misuse.

Presenters: Lori Smetanka, Executive Director, Consumer Voice; Jamie Freschi, Consultant, National LTC Ombudsman Resource Center; and Eden Ruiz-Lopez, Assistant Deputy Director, National Center on Elder Abuse

Additional Resources

  • Administration for Community Living (ACL)
  • Centers for Disease Control (CDC
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
  • The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine (AMDA)
  • National Ombudsman Resource Center (NORC)

Additional Resources from NCEA

  • Opioid Pain Medicine! What You Should Know About (English, Spanish)
  • National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA)
  • USC Center on Elder Mistreatment (USC CEM)
  • Supports and Tools for Elder Abuse Prevention (STEAP)
  • Reframing Elder Abuse (Frameworks)
  • Training Resources on Elder Abuse (TREA)
  • Elder Abuse Guide for Law Enforcement (EAGLE)
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