Addiction Psychiatrist Talks Opioid Overdose Prevention at Independent Educational Consultants Association Conference

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David Sack, MD, renowned addiction psychiatrist and chief medical officer of Elements Behavioral Health, addresses the roots of the nation’s opioid epidemic, its deadly impact on youth, and effective strategies for decreasing overdoses at the Independent Educational Consultants Association Conference this November.

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At a time when young adults are abusing prescription opioids and overdosing on heroin at a higher rate than any other age group, it’s critical that those who work with them are knowledgeable about this epidemic and the most effective ways to combat it.

Addiction psychiatrist and chief medical officer of Elements Behavioral Health, David Sack, MD, will share expert insights on approaches for curbing opioid overdoses in young adults at the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA) conference in New Orleans.

The four-day conference, taking place Nov. 2-5, is open to IECA members and provides over 50 educational sessions relevant to independent educational consulting professionals. Areas of focus include college, day and boarding school, therapeutic/behavioral topics, graduate school, international study, and the business of consulting. Continuing education credits are available.

Dr. Sack’s presentation, “Preventing Overdose in the Era of Opioids: Strategies and Treatments That Work,” covers the overprescribing of painkillers that has fueled the heroin epidemic, the neurochemistry of opioid addiction, and why certain treatments increase or decrease overdose risk. Attendees will learn about the most current strategies for reducing overdose risk such as using the long-acting injectable naltrexone. Dr. Sack’s presentation takes place on Friday, Nov. 4 from 8:15- 9:30 am.

“At a time when young adults are abusing prescription opioids and overdosing on heroin at a higher rate than any other age group, it’s critical that those who work with them are knowledgeable about this epidemic and the most effective ways to combat it,” said Dr. Sack, who oversees a young adult drug rehab at Promises® in West Los Angeles. “I’m pleased that the IECA is including this important topic in their conference programming.”

For more information about the Independent Educational Consultants Association fall conference, visit the IECA website. To learn more about Dr. Sack, visit his website.

About David Sack, MD

Dr. Sack is certified in psychiatry, addiction psychiatry and addiction medicine. He has served in executive leadership roles in major healthcare organizations and is currently chief medical officer of Elements Behavioral Health. As one of the nation’s leading experts on addiction and mental health issues, Dr. Sack has appeared on Good Morning America, Dateline NBC, The Doctors, E!, The Early Show, and other media outlets. He regularly blogs for Psych Central, Huffington Post and Psychology Today.

About Elements Behavioral Health

Elements Behavioral Health is a family of behavioral health programs located throughout the United States. The Elements Behavioral Health® family of programs offers comprehensive, innovative treatment for substance abuse, sexual addiction, trauma, eating disorders, and other mental health disorders. Through its programs, the company is committed to delivering clinically sophisticated treatment that promotes permanent lifestyle change, not only for the patient but for the entire family network. For more information, visit elementsbehavioralhealth.com.

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