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Prescription Drug Abuse, Focusing on Opioids in Older Adults

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Name: Prescription Drug Abuse, Focusing on Opioids in Older Adults
Date: March 20, 2020
Time: 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM EDT
Event Description:

2.5  Social Work CEUs available –  will incur extra costs

“NASW-PA Chapter is a co-sponsor of this workshop.  NASW has been designated as a pre-approved provider of professional continuing education for social workers (Section 47.36), Marriage and Family Therapist (Section 48.36) and Professional Counselors (Section 49.36) by the PA State Board of Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists and Professional Counselors.”

Complimentary refreshments provided by Legend of Lititz

Registration Fee: $39

Description: Opiate addiction has skyrocketed within a growing number of older Americans who are now becoming addicted to prescription opioid drugs like Oxycontin and Vicodin. While drug-related deaths have increased dramatically in all age groups, the greatest percentage increase has been among adults ages 55 to 64

As older individuals approach transitional life events such as divorce, empty-nesting and the loss of a parent, it is important for family members to be actively aware of any changes in their behavior that may reflect opioid misuse. Even dealing with difficult emotions up to and including
Chronic and persistent pain is often managed with strong opioid medications like Oxycontin, Percocet, or Vicodin, and it is common for 
health care professionals to overlook the potential for addiction in their older patients. Although there are various strategies to managing pain in older adults that do not involve prescription drugs, opioids still tend to be over-prescribed in this age group.  

Participants will learn about determinism and how addiction treatment for individuals over 50 with chronic pain can become more of a solution in addition, be able to describe the generational and co-morbidity aspects of the Baby Boomer Generation. 
By taking a hard look at prescription medication addiction, participants will also learn to apply practical tools for older adults and learn the importance
of a thorough assessment which includes proper engagement in the recovery process and continued personal growth. This informative training brings to light the most current facts and statistics including generational & evidence-based treatment approaches. 
Finally, the training will provide concrete supports to older adults so that they may engage in their own treatment, address their chronic pain with safe management techniques and find hope through the enduring process of holistic addiction recovery.


  • Defining the deterministic viewpoint behavior and how it manifests into addiction in older adults.
  • Understanding the basics of addiction as a disease and root causes of addiction in older adults.
  • The effects of trauma on older adults and how it affects their emotions.
  • Explaining the psychology of basic needs and brain reward.
  • Making sense of current statistics and other cultural factors.
  • Exploring recovery interventions for holistic healing in older adult populations.

Legend of Lititz Senior Living

80 West Millport Road

Lititz, PA 17543



Contact Information:
Anne Adams
Registration Fee: $39

2.5  Social Work CEUs available –  will incur extra costs

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