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CDC COCA Call: Leveraging Existing Resources to Meet the Challenges Faced by People Who Use Drugs or Who Have Substance Use Disorders During the COVID-19 Pandemic

October 22, 2020 3:20 PM | Anonymous

Wisconsin DHS

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented challenges in healthcare for those who may be at greater risk for adverse health outcomes such as people who use drugs or people who have a substance use disorder. To better facilitate provision of care, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) organized a COCA Call on Thursday, October 22 to help improve understanding among clinicians of the concerns of people who use drugs and people who have a substance use disorder. The COCA Call featured speakers from CDC, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and the American Society for Addiction Medicine (ASAM).

During the COCA Call, subject matter experts highlighted existing resources and exceptions for clinicians who prescribe medications for opioid use disorder, increased awareness of existing community-based linkage to care resources, and discussed the outpatient telemedicine experience from a front-line provider perspective.

If you were unable to attend the live COCA call, the recording and slide set will be available for viewing on the COCA Call webpage a few hours after the live event.

Free Continuing Education (CE) will be offered for the COCA Call.

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