Ohio’s Opiate Epidemic: What Psychologists Need to Know

Presenter: Karen L. Dapper, PsyD, RNBC presents information from Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services
Article: National Institute of Drug Abuse from the Research Report Series, Comorbidity (2010)
Level: Intermediate
Credits: 1 CE Ethics (after successful completion of  quiz)
Cost: OPA Member: $25 | Nonmember:$40


Opiates have become a serious public health issue in Ohio. Psychologists in Ohio need to be aware of the facts about this epidemic in order to provide better treatment and referral. The increase in unintentional overdose deaths is alarming. The Ohio Health Department, the Mental Health and Addiction Services Department and the State Legislature are actively exploring solutions to this problem. This presentation and article from the National Institute of Drug Addiction will provide psychologists with background information about opiate abuse and comorbidity between addictions and mental illness.

  1. View and/or print the quiz and print the answer sheet.
  2. View the webinar below. Slides are available by clicking here. Read the related article, National Institute of Drug Abuse from the Research Report Series, Comorbidity (2010).
  3. Print and send the answer sheet and payment to the OPA office.

Learning Objectives

  1. Improve sensitivity to potential opiate abuse in patient population.
  2. Learn the genetic relationship between addictions and mental illness.
  3. Learn which treatments demonstrate evidence of effective use for individuals with comorbid addictions and mental illness.

About the Speaker

Karen L. Dapper, PsyD, RNBC is currently employed as a Clinical Supervisor for CompDrug. In addition, she serves on the clinical faculty for the School of Professional Psychology at Wright State University, and is an adjunct professor for Park University in the Social Sciences Department.  She was previously employed as the Clinical Director of Mental Health Services at the Ohio Reformatory for Women for many years.


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