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Alcohol and Drug Use Disorders, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, and Other Infectious Diseases

Invited Panelists: Dr. Randy Pumphrey, Clinical Program Director, The Lamda Center (A Partnership of Whitman-Walker Clinic and The Psychiatric Institute of Washington); Mickey Smith, Senior Staff Associate, Behavioral Health, National Association of Social Workers; Debra Henderson, Syphilis Elimination Coordinator, Marion County Health Department; Lorraine Al-Mahdi, Case Coordinator, Social Services/Case Manager, Nurture for Live 2, Apra/Community Action Group

Program Abstract: For individuals with alcohol and drug use disorders, the risk of contracting an infectious disease is vastly increased. Intravenous drug users (IDUs) and persons who engage in risky sex while under the influence are prime candidates for contracting infectious diseases. Many professionals in the public health, mental health, criminal justice, and substance abuse healthcare delivery systems are not adequately prepared, either through training or experience, to fully address the complex needs of substance-abusing patients infected with HIV/AIDS, STDs, tuberculosis, or viral hepatitis. This program will highlight progress in efforts to improve treatment for persons with co-existing alcohol and drug use disorders and infectious diseases and give critical insights into proven approaches for providing appropriate services across collaborative systems of care. 

Ivette Torres, Associate Director for Consumer Affairs, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

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